Mother-infant interactions in western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla): spatial relationships, communication, and opportunities for social learning.

@article{Maestripieri2002MotherinfantII,
  title={Mother-infant interactions in western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla): spatial relationships, communication, and opportunities for social learning.},
  author={D. Maestripieri and Stephen K Ross and Nancy L. Megna},
  journal={Journal of comparative psychology},
  year={2002},
  volume={116 3},
  pages={
          219-27
        }
}
This study investigated mother-infant interactions in lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) with particular focus on the relative role of mothers and infants in creating situations that are potentially conducive to infant social learning. Eleven gorilla mother-infant dyads were focally observed in weekly 1-hr sessions for 12 months. Spatial relationships were affected by age as well as by ambient temperature. Although the youngest infant was encouraged by its mother to walk and climb… Expand
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