Science: Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey

In our paper “Predatory fish select for coordinated collective motion in virtual prey”, published in Science, we allow real predatory fish to play an immersive video game in which they hunt simulated prey. This allows us to reveal how predators exert selection pressure on social interactions among prey. This paper is available open access from our publications page.

Here is a short movie summarizing our experiment:

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Media coverage:

Ed Yong, Discover Magazine “To work out why fish swim together, tempt a predator with virtual prey”

Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR “Swarming up a storm: why animals school and flock”

Akshat Rathi, The Economist “The benefits of schooling”

G.S. Mudur, The Telegraph, India “Fish spill group secret on video game”

Zoe Kleinman, BBC News “Fish play video game in new behavior study”

Jeffrey Matulef, “Princeton University develops videogames for fish”

Lee Rannals, RedOrbit “Simulations help scientists understand predator prey relationship”

Mark Brown, Wired “Predatory fish play video game to answer evolutionary quandry”

Children’s BBC (CBBC) Newsround “Video gaming fish help science”

Futurity “Video game for fish shows how prey survive”

Richard Chirgwin, The Register “Angry sunfish in piscine boss battles”

LiveScience “Fish video game reveals benefits of sticking together” “Video gaming fish play out the advantages of groups”