Allogrooming as a tension‐reduction mechanism: A behavioral approach

  title={Allogrooming as a tension‐reduction mechanism: A behavioral approach},
  author={Gabriele Schino and Stefano Scucchi and Dario Maestripieri and Pier Giovanni Turillazzi},
  journal={American Journal of Primatology},
The hypothesis that allogrooming functions as a tension‐reduction mechanism was tested. Tension was measured by the frequency of displacement activities by an animal. Two adult male and 11 adult female Java (or long‐tailed) monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) that were relatively unfamiliar with each other were paired 1 hour per day for five consecutive days during the periovulatory portion of the menstrual cycle. Female allogrooming was found to reduce the frequency of male displacement activities… Expand

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