Functional referents and acoustic similarity: field playback experiments with rhesus monkeys

@article{Hauser1998FunctionalRA,
  title={Functional referents and acoustic similarity: field playback experiments with rhesus monkeys},
  author={Marc D. Hauser},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1998},
  volume={55},
  pages={1647-1658}
}
  • M. Hauser
  • Published 1 June 1998
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
Rhesus monkeys, Macaca mulatta, on the island of Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico produce one or more of five acoustically distinctive calls when they find food. Three of these calls ('warbles', 'harmonic arches' and 'chirps') are produced by individuals finding high-quality, rare food items, whereas the other two calls ('coos' and 'grunts') are produced upon encountering lower-quality, common food items, and in non-food contexts as well. To determine how rhesus classify such acoustic variation, I… Expand
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