Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task

Poti P, Kanngiesser P, Saporiti M, Amiconi A, Bläsing B, Call J (2010)
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 36(1): 92-109.

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In this study we show that bonobos and capuchin monkeys can learn to search in the middle of a landmark configuration in a small-scale space. Five bonobos (Pan paniscus) and 2 capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) were tested in a series of experiments with the expansion test paradigm. The primates were trained to search in the middle of a 4- or 2-landmark configuration, and were then tested with the same configuration expanded. Neither species searched in the middle of the expanded 4-landmark configuration. When presented with a 2-landmark configuration and a constant or variable inter-landmark training distance, the subjects sometimes searched preferentially in the middle of the expanded configuration. We discuss 2 alternative explanations of the results: extracting a middle rule or averaging between different goal-landmark vectors. In any case, compared to adult humans, primates appear highly constrained in their abilities to search in the middle of a configuration of detached landmarks. We discuss some of the factors that may influence the primates' behavior in this task.
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Poti P, Kanngiesser P, Saporiti M, Amiconi A, Bläsing B, Call J. Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES. 2010;36(1):92-109.
Poti, P., Kanngiesser, P., Saporiti, M., Amiconi, A., Bläsing, B., & Call, J. (2010). Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES, 36(1), 92-109.
Poti, P., Kanngiesser, P., Saporiti, M., Amiconi, A., Bläsing, B., and Call, J. (2010). Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 36, 92-109.
Poti, P., et al., 2010. Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES, 36(1), p 92-109.
P. Poti, et al., “Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task”, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES, vol. 36, 2010, pp. 92-109.
Poti, P., Kanngiesser, P., Saporiti, M., Amiconi, A., Bläsing, B., Call, J.: Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES. 36, 92-109 (2010).
Poti, Patrizia, Kanngiesser, Patricia, Saporiti, Martina, Amiconi, Alessandra, Bläsing, Bettina, and Call, Josep. “Searching in the Middle-Capuchins' (Cebus apella) and Bonobos' (Pan paniscus) Behavior During a Spatial Search Task”. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 36.1 (2010): 92-109.
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