Collective Animal Behaviour


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Team members

  • Richard BON
  • Christian JOST
  • Pierre MORETTO
  Technical staff
  • Gérard LATIL
  • Mathieu MOREAU
  • Ramon ESCOBEDO
  • Laetitia CLAVERIE
  • Guillaume FUMERY
  • Lijie GUO
  • Valentin LECHEVAL


The main objective of our team is to understand the behavioural and cognitive mechanisms underlying collective behaviours and collective decisions in groups of animals. Our aim is to identify the mechanisms that allow a group of animals to coordinate their actions and to provide adaptive collective responses to the changes occurring in its environment, i.e. to display collective intelligence. We try to understand in particular how the ability of a group to solve problems collectively varies with the properties of the individuals it is composed of. The general methodology of our work is based on a tight combination of experimental and modeling approaches.


SMARTMASS : Enhancing Collective Intelligence in Human Groups


Behavioral mechanisms and interactions involved in collective decisions

Biomechanical principles involved in individual and collective behaviors

Behavioral mechanisms and interactions involved in coordinated group motion and collective responses to perturbations

Behavioral mechanisms and interactions involved in collective nest construction


  • Pinter-Wollman N, Fiore SM, Theraulaz G..
    The impact of architecture on collective behavior
    Nature Ecology Evolution, 1
    2017 Dec
  • Costes A, Turpin NA, Villeger D, Moretto P, Watier B .
    Spontaneous change from seated to standing cycling position with increasing power is associated with a minimization of cost functions
    Journal of Sport Sciences, 1_7
    2017 Dec
  • Perna A, Theraulaz G.
    When social behaviour is moulded in clay: on growth and form of social insect nests
    Journal of Experimental Biology, 220: 83-91
    2017 Dec
  • Jiang L, Giuggioli L, Perna A, Escobedo R, Lecheval V, Sire C, Han Z, Theraulaz G.
    Identifying influential neighbors in animal flocking
    Plos Computational Biology, 13: e1005822
    2017 Dec
  • Turpin NA, Costes A, Moretto P, Watier B.
    Upper limb and trunk muscle activity patterns during seated and standing cycling
    Journal of Sport Sciences 35: 557-564
    2017 Dec

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