The behaviour of capuchin monkeys, Cebus apella , with novel food: the role of social context

@article{Visalberghi1995TheBO,
  title={The behaviour of capuchin monkeys,
 Cebus apella
 , with novel food: the role of social context},
  author={Elisabetta Visalberghi and Dorothy Munkenbeck Fragaszy},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1995},
  volume={49},
  pages={1089-1095}
}
Social influences affect individual responsiveness to key features of the environment, such as food. Galef (1993,Anim. Behav.,46,257-265) has predicted that social facilitation should affect food choice more powerfully when the food is novel than when it is familiar. This prediction was tested in monkeys. Eleven capuchin monkeys were tested individually (Individual condition) and in a group (Social condition) with eight familiar foods presented simultaneously (experiment 1). In experiment 2… 
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