Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Social learning and primate reintroduction

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Author(s)

DM Custance, Andrew Whiten, Tamar Fredman

School/Research organisations

Abstract

Research on social learning may be of use in the conservation of primates, especially great apes, through (a) promoting their public image, (b) identifying specific adaptations, and (c) devising reintroduction training programs. We surveyed all the instigated social learning studies in primates published since 1950 in order to assess their usefulness to devise reintroduction training programs. We identified 99 publications containing 130 data sets from 27 species of primates. Great apes produced significantly more positive social learning effects than either cercopithecines or cebids. There was also an enhanced social learning effect when skilled demonstrators were used. Our survey indicates that the scientific understanding of many aspects of primate social learning relevant to conservation, including its function, learning spatial route plotting, food and sleeping site location, predator avoidance and detection, and the effect of model and tutee status, would benefit from greater research. Future instigated studies on primate social learning would be most informative for reintroduction if they included ecologically valid tasks presented to greater than or equal to2 similarly composed social groups, one of which functioned as a control, i.e., without being exposed to a model.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-499
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Primatology
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002

    Research areas

  • primate, reintroduction, social learning, CHIMPANZEES PAN-TROGLODYTES, PONGO-PYGMAEUS, IMITATION, MANUFACTURE, ORANGUTANS, BEHAVIOR, CHILDREN, TOOLS

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. A deepening understanding of animal culture suggests lessons for conservation

    Brakes, P., Carroll, E. L., Dall, S., Keith, S., McGregor, P., Mesnick, S., Noad, M., Rendell, L., Robbins, M., Rutz, C., Thorton, A., Whiten, A., Whiting, M., Aplin, L., Bearhop, S., Ciucci, P., Fishlock, V., Ford, J., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Simmonds, M. & 5 others, Spina, F., Wade, P., Whithead, H., Williams, J. & Garland, E. C., 28 Apr 2021, In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288, 1949, 10 p., 20202718.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  2. The psychological reach of culture in animals’ lives

    Whiten, A., 27 Apr 2021, In: Current Directions in Psychological Science. OnlineFirst, 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. The burgeoning reach of animal culture

    Whiten, A., 2 Apr 2021, In: Science. 372, 6537, eabe6514.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  4. Chimpanzees’ behavioral flexibility, social tolerance and use of tool-composites in a progressively challenging foraging problem

    Harrison, R. A., van Leeuwen, E. & Whiten, A., 19 Feb 2021, In: iScience. 24, 2, 102033.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Why do chimpanzees have diverse behavioral repertoires yet lack more complex cultures? Invention and social information use in a cumulative task

    Vale, G. L., McGuigan, N., Burdett, E., Lambeth, S. P., Lucas, A., Rawlings, B., Schapiro, S. J., Watson, S. K. & Whiten, A., 16 Dec 2020, In: Evolution and Human Behavior. In press

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. International Journal of Primatology (Journal)

    Kate Arnold (Reviewer)

    2004 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Related by journal

  1. Gesture use in communication between mothers and offspring in wild orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) from the Sabangau peat-swamp forest, Borneo

    Knox, A., Markx, J., How, E., Azis, A., Hobaiter, C., van Veen, F. J. F. & Morrogh-Bernard, H., Jun 2019, In: International Journal of Primatology. 40, p. 393–416 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Food-offering calls in wild golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia): evidence for teaching behavior?

    Troisi, C. A., Hoppitt, W. J., Ruiz-Miranda, C. R. & Laland, K. N., 21 Nov 2018, In: International Journal of Primatology. First Online, 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Impact of snare injuries on parasite prevalence in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

    Yersin, H., Asiimwe, C., Voordouw, M. J. & Zuberbühler, K., Feb 2017, In: International Journal of Primatology. 38, 1, p. 21-30 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Female bonds and kinship in forest guenons

    Candiotti, A., Coye, C., Ouattara, K., Petit, E. J., Vallet, D., Zuberbühler, K. & Lemasson, A., Apr 2015, In: International Journal of Primatology. 36, 2, p. 332-352

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

ID: 163031

Top