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The Role of Touch in the Social Interactions of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)

@article{Makecha2012TheRO,
  title={The Role of Touch in the Social Interactions of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)},
  author={Radhika N. Makecha and Otto Fad and Stan Abraham Kuczaj},
  journal={International Journal of Comparative Psychology},
  year={2012},
  volume={25}
}
In order to successfully engage in social interactions, it is necessary to recognize and respond to the communicative cues provided by the other participants in these interactions. Communicative signals can occur in a variety of sensory modalities, including vision, sound, olfaction, and touch. In this study, we focus on the role of touch in the social interactions of elephants. Both aggressive and nonaggressive tactile behaviors were examined. In all cases, the body parts used to initiate… Expand
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