The responses of female baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus) to anomalous social interactions: evidence for causal reasoning?

@article{Cheney1995TheRO,
  title={The responses of female baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus) to anomalous social interactions: evidence for causal reasoning?},
  author={Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth and Joan B. Silk},
  journal={Journal of comparative psychology},
  year={1995},
  volume={109 2},
  pages={
          134-41
        }
}
Baboons' (Papio cynocephalus ursinus) understanding of cause-effect relations in the context of social interactions was examined through use of a playback experiment. Under natural conditions, dominant female baboons often grunt to more subordinate mothers when interacting with their infants. Mothers occasionally respond to these grunts by uttering submissive fear barks. Subjects were played causally inconsistent call sequences in which a lower ranking female apparently grunted to a higher… CONTINUE READING

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