Optimal foraging theory and the psychology of learning

Alan C. Kamil

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The development of optimization theory has made important contributions to the study of animal behavior. But the optimization approach needs to be integrated with other methods of ethology and psychology. For example, the ability to learn is an important component of efficient foraging behavior in many species, and the psychology of animal learning could contribute substantially to testing and extending the predictions of optimal foraging theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-302
Number of pages12
JournalIntegrative and Comparative Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Plant Science


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