Social facilitation of exploratory foraging behavior in capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella).

@article{Dindo2009SocialFO,
  title={Social facilitation of exploratory foraging behavior in capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella).},
  author={Marietta Dindo and Andrew Whiten and Frans B M de Waal},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  year={2009},
  volume={71 5},
  pages={419-26}
}
Much of the research on animal social learning focuses on complex cognitive functions such as imitation and emulation. When compelling evidence for such processes is not forthcoming, simpler processes are often assumed but rarely directly tested for. In this study we address the phenomenon of social facilitation, whereby the presence of a feeding conspecific is hypothesized to affect the motivation and behavior of the subject, elevating the likelihood of exploration and discovery in relation to… CONTINUE READING

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