Assessment of meaning and the detection of unreliable signals by vervet monkeys

@article{Cheney1988AssessmentOM,
  title={Assessment of meaning and the detection of unreliable signals by vervet monkeys},
  author={Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1988},
  volume={36},
  pages={477-486}
}
Free-ranging vervet monkeys, Cercopithecus aethiops, who had learned to ignore playbacks of one type of call by an unreliable signaller subsequently also ignored playback of an acoustically different call by the same individual if the calls had similar referents. Such transfer did not occur if either the identity of the signaller changed or if the two calls had different referents. After repeatedly being played an intergroup call in the absence of other groups, vervets also ignored an… Expand

Figures and Tables from this paper

The assessment by vervet monkeys of their own and another species' alarm calls
TLDR
Habituation experiments demonstrate that monkeys compare vocalizations according to their referents, not just their acoustic properties: vervets who learned to ignore playback of a starling's raptor alarm subsequently also ignored playback ofa vervet's eagle alarm. Expand
Functional referents and acoustic similarity revisited: the case of Barbary macaque alarm calls
Abstract. Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) utter "shrill barks" in response to disturbances in their surroundings. In some cases, the majority of group members react by running away or climbing upExpand
Semantic communication in vervet monkeys and other animals
The research field of semantic communication in animals was initiated by the study on alarm calls of vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus (then known as Cercopithecus aethiops) by Seyfarth, CheneyExpand
Functional referents and acoustic similarity: field playback experiments with rhesus monkeys
  • M. Hauser
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • 1998
TLDR
Results suggest that for rhesus monkey food-associated calls, referential differences carry more weight during perceptual classification than do acoustical differences. Expand
THE PREDATOR ALARM CALLS OF VERVET AND DIANA MONKEYS
In the wild, nonhuman primate vocalizations signal the presence of different predators, provide information about the group's location and movement, facilitate friendly interactions, and lead toExpand
Pyow but not hack calls of the male putty-nosed monkey ( Cercopithcus nictitans ) convey information about caller identity
Summary Individual differences within the acoustic structure of vocalisations have the potential to inform signal receivers about the identity of the caller. Such differences can often be explainedExpand
Vervets revisited: A quantitative analysis of alarm call structure and context specificity
TLDR
It is suggested that both cognitive appraisal of the situation and internal state contribute to the variation in call usage and structure, and the existing acoustic variation, possibly together with additional contextual information, allows listeners to select appropriate responses. Expand
Individual recognition during bouts of antiphonal calling in common marmosets
TLDR
Results suggest that marmosets recognize the identity of the individual during bouts of antiphonal calling and provide a methodological foundation for implementing the probe playback procedure to examine a broader range of social categorization during vocal interactions. Expand
Alarm calls of vervet monkeys
I used observational data from natural encounters with predators and the controlled presentation of aerial and terrestrial predator alarm calls to assess the hypothesis that these acousticallyExpand
Behavioral mechanisms underlying vocal communication in nonhuman primates
In the wild, nonhuman primate vocalizations signal the presence of different predators, provide information about the group’s location and movement, facilitate friendly interactions, and lead toExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 20 REFERENCES
Vervet monkey alarm calls: Semantic communication in a free-ranging primate
TLDR
It is concluded that vervet alarm calls function to designate different classes of external danger, and context was not a systematic determinant of response. Expand
How vervet monkeys perceive their grunts: Field playback experiments
Abstract Free-ranging vervet monkeys grunt to each other in a variety of social situations: when approaching a dominant or subordinate individual, when moving into a new area of their range, or whenExpand
Vocal recognition in free-ranging vervet monkeys
Abstract Screams of free-ranging juvenile vervet monkeys were played to a group containing their mothers and two ‘control’ females who also had offspring in the group. Mothers and controls wereExpand
Vervet monkey alarm calls: Manipulation through shared information?
TLDR
The results of experiments and observations suggest that monkeys may vary the rate at which they warn others of danger, and the withholding of information may be an effective means to deceive others, because it is relatively difficult to detect cheaters. Expand
Recognition of Individuals Within and Between Groups of Free-Ranging Vervet Monkeys1
SYNOPSIS. The ability of animals to recognize and classify others reflects the selective pressures acting on individuals within a particular social framework. Data on recognition therefore allow usExpand
Perceiving Surprising Words in an Unattended Auditory Channel
  • J. Yates, N. Thul
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Quarterly journal of experimental psychology
  • 1979
TLDR
Results indicate that unattended material is processed to the semantic level and that change is among the factors which control the deployment of attention. Expand
Speech Perception in Infants
TLDR
Recovery from habituation was greater for a given acoustic difference when the two stimuli were from different adult phonemic categories than when they were from the same category. Expand
Spontaneous transfer of matching by infant chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).
Four infant chimpanzees learned a matching-to-sample task when only two training stimuli were used. They then spontaneously transferred the matching concept to novel items, includingExpand
Why are there so many threat displays?
  • M. Andersson
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Journal of theoretical biology
  • 1980
TLDR
Proliferation of the display repertoire may be limited by restricted availability of behaviour patterns suitable for evolution into threat displays, where each display becomes less efficient for chasing away opponents as it becomes increasingly used as bluff. Expand
On the Occurrence and Significance of Motivation-Structural Rules in Some Bird and Mammal Sounds
TLDR
It is proposed that many sounds in species' repertoires are evolved from motivation-structural rules derived from selection pressures favoring the use of communication instead of, or in conjunction with, fighting to attain resources. Expand
...
1
2
...