Previous human foraging experiments have shown that human groups routinely undermatch environmental resources much like other animal species. In this experiment, we test whether humans also selectively rely on others as information sources when the environmental state is uncertain, and we also test whether overt signals of other foragers' success influences group matching behavior and group adaptation to a changing environment. The results show evidence of reliance on social information in specific conditions, but participants were primarily influenced by their individual assessments of food location rather than the success of other foragers.
Group Foraging in Dynamic Environments
Michael E. Roberts, Sam Cheesman, Patrick McMullen