Abstract # 24:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:30 PM-02:50 PM: (Cascade AJBCD) Symposium


B. McCowan
UC Davis, Population Health & Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis 95242, USA
     Network analysis is ubiquitous in many different disciplines in mathematics, physics and biology because virtually all systems regardless of whether they are of technological or biological origin can be described in terms of having components that are connected via interactions. The network approach is relatively new to field of animal behavior in general and primate behavior in particular despite its considerable potential for explaining and predicting patterns and processes of social organization, cognition and communication. This symposium will bring together researchers from a number of disciplines with the aim of providing an overview of the power of the network approach for understanding emergent patterns and reciprocal processes in primate behavior. Presenters will apply social network theory to a variety of conceptual frameworks such as system stability, information transfer, collective behavior, health and disease, and phylogeny representing a diversity of taxa in both captivity and the field.