Purposive behavior as a basis for objective communication between chimpanzees

  • Menzel E
  • Halperin S
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Conducted 2 experiments with 6 5-7 yr old wild-born chimpanzees. They had had extensive experience on similar delayed response experiments, and effective leadership behavior was observed even on the 1st day of the experiments. Results indicate that the rate at which a chimpanzee approached a hidden, distant goal varied according to social conditions and according to whether the goal was a novel object or food. This behavior furnished a social group with sufficient information for simultaneous and successive discriminations between leaders and between goals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Animal Communication
  • Animal Dominance
  • Chimpanzees
  • informati
  • rate of approach to hidden distant goal

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  • Emil W Menzel

  • Stewart Halperin

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