Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types

Research group of Max Wolf
The Amazon molly is an ideal model system for the study of individuality as it reproduces clonally. | Foto: David Bierbach

The Amazon molly is an ideal model system for the study of individuality as it reproduces clonally. | Photo: David Bierbach

At present, our research focusses on two basic themes: individual differences and collective intelligence.

Our research on individual differences centers on three basic questions. Why do individuals from the same population differ in their behavioural type? What are the main factors shaping such differences over ontogeny? And what are the consequences of such differences for social processes? In order to gain insights into these questions, we combine mathematical modelling and computer simulations with experimental work in fish.

Our research on collective intelligence aims to understand when and how groups of decision makers can outperform individual decision makers. In order to do so, we employ mathematical models and computer simulations with laboratory experiments with fish and humans. Part of this research aims to transform the insights gained in our basic research to improve performance in high-stake real-world decision making problems like, for example, medical diagnostics.

Group members

Max Wolf

Research Group Leader
Working group
Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types

David Bierbach

Postdoc
Working group
Mechanisms and Functions of Group-Living
Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types

Kate Laskowski

Postdoc
Working group
Food Web Ecology and Fish Communities
Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types

Carolina Doran

Postdoc
Working group
Mechanisms and Functions of Group-Living
Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types

Magdalena Engl

Student (BA/MA)
Working group
Causes and Consequences of Behavioural Types
Selected publications
2016
Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers; Stefan M. Herzog; Ralph Hertwig; Jens Krause; Patricia A. Carney; Andy Bogart; Giuseppe Argenziano; Iris Zalaudek; Max Wolf

Boosting medical diagnostics by pooling independent judgments

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. - 113(2016)31, S. 8777-8782

2013
Max Wolf; Ralf H. J. M. Kurvers; Ashley J. W. Ward; Stefan Krause; Jens Krause

Accurate decision in an uncertain world

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London : Ser. B, Biological Sciences. - 280(2013)1756, art. 20122777

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