Rhesus monkeys fail to use gaze direction as an experimenter-given cue in an object-choice task

  title={Rhesus monkeys fail to use gaze direction as an experimenter-given cue in an object-choice task},
  author={James R. Anderson and Marie Montant and Didier Schmitt},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
Seeing the Experimenter Influences the Response to Pointing Cues in Long-Tailed Macaques
Whether the visibility of the experimenter inhibits long-tailed macaques' (Macaca fascicularis) usage of the pointing cue is investigated and some of the assumptions about species-specific differences in the object-choice task are questioned.
Chimpanzees’ (Pan troglodytes) use of gaze cues in object-choice tasks: different methods yield different results
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Development of using experimenter-given cues in infant chimpanzees: longitudinal changes in behavior and cognitive development.
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Flexible gaze-following in rhesus monkeys
It is indicated that rhesus monkeys can use social cognitive processes outside of competitive contexts to model what others can or cannot see, but may not be especially motivated to see what others look at in non-competitive contexts, as they reorient infrequently or in an inconsistent fashion.
Gaze following and joint attention in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).
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How monkeys see the eyes: cotton-top tamarins’ reaction to changes in visual attention and action
Among social species, the capacity to detect where another individual is looking is adaptive because gaze direction often predicts what an individual is attending to, and thus what its future actions
Use of experimenter-given cues by African gray parrots (Psittacus erithacus)
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Attending to Others’ Visual Attention
This chapter selectively reviews research on nonhuman primates’ responses to cues that indicate the focus of other individuals’ attention, in particular, visual attention, to consider species differences in sensitivity to, and ability to make inferences based on, other species’ visual behavior.
Use of experimenter-given cues during object-choice tasks by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), an orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), and human infants (Homo sapiens).
In a series of experiments, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), an orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), and human infants (Homo sapiens) were investigated as to whether they used experimenter-given cues when


Sensitivity To Information Specifying the Line of Gaze of Humans in Sparrows (Passer Domesticus)
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A series of experiments is reported which show that three successive mechanisms are involved in the first 18 months of life in ‘looking where someone else is looking’. The earliest ‘ecological’
Towards a Mechanism of Joint Visual Attention in Human Infancy
Three experiments are reported which aim to distinguish between mechanisms that might serve joint visual attention between human infants and adults and various explanations of this phenomenon and of the capacity for jointVisual attention.
Frameworks of analysis for the neural representation of animate objects and actions.
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Perception of another person's looking behavior.
The classical senses in normal use require not only receptors but also muscles for adjusting them, and the sense-organ adjustments are a form of observable behavior.
Exploring Primate Social Cognition: Some Critical Remarks1)
The paper expresses the authors' views on the growing interest in primate social cognition, particularly among descriptive primate ethologists. Its characteristics are the hope to extract cognitive