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Socially selected ornaments influence hormone titers of signalers and receivers

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, July 2016
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Title
Socially selected ornaments influence hormone titers of signalers and receivers
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, July 2016
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1602707113
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Elizabeth A. Tibbetts, Katherine Crocker, Zachary Y. Huang, Tibbetts, Elizabeth A, Crocker, Katherine, Huang, Zachary Y

Abstract

Decades of behavioral endocrinology research have shown that hormones and behavior have a bidirectional relationship; hormones both influence and respond to social behavior. In contrast, hormones are often thought to have a unidirectional relationship with ornaments. Hormones influence ornament development, but little empirical work has tested how ornaments influence hormones throughout life. Here, we experimentally alter a visual signal of fighting ability in Polistes dominulus paper wasps and measure the behavioral and hormonal consequences of signal alteration in signalers and receivers. We find wasps that signal inaccurately high fighting ability receive more aggression than controls and receiving aggression reduces juvenile hormone (JH) titers. As a result, immediately after contests, inaccurate signalers have lower JH titers than controls. Ornaments also directly influence rival JH titers. Three hours after contests, wasps who interacted with rivals signaling high fighting ability have higher JH titers than wasps who interacted with rivals signaling low fighting ability. Therefore, ornaments influence hormone titers of both signalers and receivers. We demonstrate that relationships between hormones and ornaments are flexible and bidirectional rather than static and unidirectional. Dynamic relationships among ornaments, behavior, and physiology may be an important, but overlooked factor in the evolution of honest communication.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 5%
Romania 1 5%
Unknown 17 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 32%
Researcher 6 32%
Student > Bachelor 2 11%
Professor 1 5%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 1 5%
Other 3 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 58%
Psychology 2 11%
Philosophy 1 5%
Arts and Humanities 1 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 5%
Other 3 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 July 2016.
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