Vocal learning of a communicative signal in captive chimpanzees, <ce:italic>Pan troglodytes</ce:italic>

@article{Russell2013VocalLO,
  title={Vocal learning of a communicative signal in captive chimpanzees, <ce:italic>Pan troglodytes</ce:italic>},
  author={Jamie L. Russell and Joseph M. McIntyre and William D. Hopkins and Jared P. Taglialatela},
  journal={Brain and Language},
  year={2013},
  volume={127},
  pages={520-525}
}
We hypothesized that chimpanzees could learn to produce attention-getting (AG) sounds via positive reinforcement. We conducted a vocal assessment in 76 captive chimpanzees for their use of AG sounds to acquire the attention of an otherwise inattentive human. Fourteen individuals that did not produce AG sounds during the vocal assessment were evaluated for their ability to acquire the use of an AG sound through operant conditioning and to employ these sounds in an attention-getting context. Nine… CONTINUE READING
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