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Tipo: Articolo in rivista

Titolo: Sequential use of rigid and pliable tools in tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus spp.)

Anno di pubblicazione: 2014

Formato: Elettronico Cartaceo

Autori: Sabbatini, Gloria; Manrique, Hector Marin; Trapanese, Cinzia; Vizioli, Aurora De Bortoli; Call, Josep; Visalberghi, Elisabetta

Affiliazioni autori: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR); Max Planck Society; Universitat de les Illes Balears; University of Rome Tor Vergata

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Lingua: inglese

Abstract: Previous studies have shown that a few bird and primate species successfully use two or more tools sequentially to obtain a goal. Our study incorporated some novel features: we aimed to assess whether captive capuchins (Sapajus spp.) are able to use tools differing in rigidity sequentially to obtain a reward. A 90 degrees angled Plexiglas tube filled with yoghurt and a platform were placed 121 cm apart in front of the test compartments. The experimenter showed the subject the functional properties of a tool (rigidity or flexibility) as well as its nonfunctional ones (i.e. shape, colour, etc.) then deposited it on a platform out of the subject's reach. Then the experimenter handed the subject another tool (rigid or flexible). To obtain the reward, the subject had to insert the flexible tool inside the tube. Four conditions (2 x 2 design) were presented. Capuchins used the tools in sequence to get the reward when necessary (nine out of 10 subjects on the first trial) and not as a result of a simple heuristic of using the tool placed nearest to the food. Whenever the platform tool was unnecessary, capuchins used the flexible tool already within reach. These results demonstrate that capuchins are able to organize their actions in the hierarchically correct sequence using tools differing in their rigidity. (C) 2013 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Pagine da: 213

Pagine a: 220

Pagine totali: 8


Animal behaviour Baillie`re Tindall [etc.]
Paese di pubblicazione: Regno Unito
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0003-3472

Numero volume: 87

DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.10.033

Referee: Sė: Internazionale

Indicizzato da: ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000329576900026]

Parole chiave:

  • meta tool use
  • monkeys
  • motor planning
  • object properties
  • primates
  • problem solving

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