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Within-group behavioural consequences of between-group conflict: a prospective review.

Radford, AN, Majolo, B and Aureli, F (2016) Within-group behavioural consequences of between-group conflict: a prospective review. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biologial Sciences, 283 (1843).

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Conflict is rife in group-living species and exerts a powerful selective force. Group members face a variety of threats from extra-group conspecifics, from individuals looking for reproductive opportunities to rival groups seeking resources. Theory predicts that such between-group conflict should influence within-group behaviour. However, compared with the extensive literature on the consequences of within-group conflict, relatively little research has considered the behavioural impacts of between-group conflict. We give an overview of why between-group conflict is expected to influence subsequent behaviour among group members. We then use what is known about the consequences of within-group conflict to generate testable predictions about how between-group conflict might affect within-group behaviour in the aftermath. We consider the types of behaviour that could change and how the role of different group members in the conflict can exert an influence. Furthermore, we discuss how conflict characteristics and outcome, group size, social structure and within-group relationship quality might modulate post-conflict behavioural changes. Finally, we propose the need for consistent definitions, a broader range of examined behaviours and taxa, individual-focused data collection, complementary observational and experimental approaches, and a consideration of lasting effects if we are to understand fully the significant influence of between-group conflict on social behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 06 Biological Sciences, 11 Medical And Health Sciences, 07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: The Royal Society Publishing
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Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 09:42
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:11
DOI or ID number: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1567
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5084
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