Category Archives: About cooperation

How we define “reciprocity”: the good, the broad, and the ugly

I hope this is the last blogpost I ever write about semantics. I always want to point people to a good reference on what the words that I use mean (and there isn’t a short quick guide), and Wikipedia does … Continue reading

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VampCam featured at Smithsonian and some recent papers

The VampCam is being featured on the STRI website frontpage. There’s an inaccuracy though– it gives the wrong name of the authors on the study they discuss. I did that social grooming study in collaboration with the Organization for Bat Conservation … Continue reading

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Social benefits of non-kin food sharing by female vampire bats

My new paper just came out in Proceedings B. For now, it’s freely available to download at the journal website here. The paper describes an experiment that ‘failed’ in one sense but yielded another very neat finding nonetheless. The main goals … Continue reading

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Why vampire bats network

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Here are slides from the longer version (about 2x as long) of the talk I gave at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Bat Research. There was a contest at the conference for shortest title, hence the … Continue reading

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New paper on giving intranasal oxytocin to vampire bats

Intranasal oxytocin increases social grooming and food sharing in the common vampire bat Desmodus rotundus I gave two groups of highly familiar captive vampire bats intranasal oxytocin. In the first group intranasal oxytocin led to larger regurgitated food donations. In the … Continue reading

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A suggested reading list

I just gave a talk on vampire bat cooperation, and someone asked me for a reading list to introduce them to the topics I talked about (cooperation, reciprocity, social bonds, etc). So here it is (real quick, no time to … Continue reading

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How bats respond to distress calls: mobbing? Or predator inspection?

New paper came out on responses of a tropical free-tailed bat to distress calls. The title is Distress Calls of a Fast-Flying Bat (Molossus molossus) Provoke Inspection Flights but Not Cooperative Mobbing. Here’s the story behind the paper. A year … Continue reading

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