Influence of a skilled model on the behavior of conspecific observers in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella)

Authors

  • Leah Adams-Curtis,

    1. Department of Basic Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Box 1649, Peoria Illinois
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  • Dr. Dorothy M. Fragaszy

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    1. Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
    • Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602
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Abstract

We analyze how the presence of a skilled juvenile capuchin monkey interacting with a mechanical puzzle requiring sequential actions affected the behavior of group-mates towards the puzzle. Using this study as an example, we suggest a methodological approach to the evaluation of social enhancement of activity and imitation. We suggest that this design could be useful in determining if social and demographic factors influence the occurrence of these phenomena. © 1995 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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