Uninformed individuals promote democratic consensus in animal groups.

Couzin, I.D., Ioannou, C.C., Demirel, G., Gross, T., Torney, C.J., Hartnett, A., Conradt, L., Levin, S.A. & Leonard, N.E. (2011) Uninformed individuals promote democratic consensus in animal groups. Science 334(6062) 1578-1580. Free reprint 

A Perspective of this work, by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom, accompanied our paper: Can ignorance promote democracy? Science332(6062) 1501-1504. We also received media attention and a non-exhaustive list of news articles can be found here.CouzinScienceImage