Assessments of fighting ability need not be cognitively complex
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Highlights • We dispute claims that assessing relative fighting ability is cognitively complex. • Very simple mechanisms allow sensitivity to own and/or opponent fighting ability. • Correlational approaches are of limited use in distinguishing forms of assessment. • We should expect continuous variation in both self- and opponent assessment. • Assessment strategies may change dynamically with age, role and contest phase.
T.W.F. was supported by the European Research Council (Advanced Grant 250209 to Alasdair Houston) and S.L.M. by a University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Fellowship.
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Vol. 86 (5), pp. e1–e7