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Symposium Year: 2012
Student(s): Laura Grabowski, Brittney Miller, Patrick Pinchinat, and Sharon Saku
Faculty Mentor(s): Dr. Erica H. Kennedy
There have been many recent studies examining the ability of primates, domestic dogs, and other animals to respond to social cues. We investigated captive cotton-top tamarins’ ability to respond to gaze and body gesture cues. In the study we used 3 cues: eye gaze, finger pointing, and a combination of both. We presented cotton-top tamarins with 3 red plastic cups on a platform outside of their cage. We then hid a food item under one of the cups and then either gazed, pointed, or gazed and pointed at the cup hiding the food. The objective of the task was to evaluate the tamarins’ response to the cues and the accuracy of their search for the hidden food. The results will have implications for understanding species differences in response to social cues.
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