Comparative Behavioural Economics
Humans like things such as consumer goods more or less depending on whether they fulfil their expectations. The same holds true for ants. This could have implications for how colonies exploit their environment
We have many sources of information available to us, such as personal information, friends' opinions, and advertisements. Social insects often have access to multiple information sources. We ask how these are used adaptivly.
Sometimes, the way insects process information and react to the world is remarkably similar to our own. In other ways, it is markedly different. By running insect-equivalents of classical psychological experiments, and pushing the limits of insect cognition, we gain a better understanding of how they, and we, think.
New projects are always catching our interest, from web-building location choice in spiders to where ants choose to defecate. If it's interesting animal behaviour, we'll study it!