Cognitive Control of Distinct Vocalizations in Rhesus Monkeys

  title={Cognitive Control of Distinct Vocalizations in Rhesus Monkeys},
  author={Steffen R. Hage and Natalja Gavrilov and Andreas Nieder},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
Whether nonhuman primates can decouple their innate vocalizations from accompanied levels of arousal or specific events in the environment to achieve cognitive control over their vocal utterances has been a matter of debate for decades. We show that rhesus monkeys can be trained to elicit different call types on command in response to arbitrary visual cues. Furthermore, we report that a monkey learned to switch between two distinct call types from trial to trial in response to different visual… CONTINUE READING
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