09.11 introduction to signaling
|This week we will be looking in depth at the definition, structure and dynamics of signaling . We'll look at the different mechanisms that make signals reliable and at how the form and the meaning of signals are connected. This material is the conceptual basis for the rest of the course; it is these models that we will be applying to various daily phenomena.|
|1. Read the papers. My chapter and the Animal
Signals chapter will provide you with an introduction to
signaling theory. The Grafen paper is important because it
reframed Zahavi's concept of handicaps as game theory nd made it
credible to a wide array of scientists. The Dawkins and Guilford
paper introduces the notion of conventional signals and shows the
importance of looking at signaling as a communication system
rather than just focusing on the signal itself.
2. Answer the following questions:
3. Describe two examples of signals in human society - one that is an example of an assessment signal and one that is a conventional signal.
For the first (assessment):
For the second (conventional):
Please link your essays by midday on Monday 9/17.