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Mar 7, 2017

Every animal that lives in groups has to make decisions as a group. Even a seemingly simple decision like "where should we go for dinner?" can be complicated to negotiate. 
Is there a simple rule behind how humans and other animals make group decisions? Margaret Crofoot is a primatologist and Leakey Foundation grantee whose research on baboons suggests there is a rule, and it's not what you might think.
You can read more about Margaret Crofoot's research and see a video of her GPS data on our blog!
Margaret Crofoot's Lab
Shared decision-making drives collective movement in wild baboons
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Produced by Meredith Johnson, edited by Julia Barton.
Theme music by Henry Nagle.
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Tech Toys by Lee Rosevere
Grand Caravan by Blue Dot Sessions
Stars are Out by Podington Bear
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