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An examination of social arousal and its implications for social congnition in the South African vervet monkey / Petra L. McDougall

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dc.contributor.advisor Barrett, Louise
dc.contributor.author McDougall, Petra L
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-15T21:54:26Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-15T21:54:26Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2609
dc.description ix, 103 leaves ; 28 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Self-directed behaviours (SDB) were recorded as a behavioural indicator of arousal in free-ranging vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) inhabiting the Klein Karoo of South Africa. Measurement of SDB allowed for changes in arousal to be correlated with particular social situations, potentially providing insight into how monkeys perceive their social world. The research presented here is divided into three core chapters demonstrating that 1) arousal is influenced to a greater extent by degree of association than by hierarchical rank, 2) that an individual‟s level of arousal is influenced by its neighbour‟s spatial location, and 3) that habituated animals that no longer perceive humans as a direct threat nevertheless continue to respond to their presence in other ways. Overall, SDB appears to be a useful, non-invasive, simple means of investigating social arousal and its use has elucidated several key findings regarding the perception of social space and social partners in vervet monkeys. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology, c2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Cercopithecus aethiops en_US
dc.subject Cercopithecus aethiops -- Behavior en_US
dc.subject Monkeys -- Behavior -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Primates -- Behavior en_US
dc.subject Social behavior in animals -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title An examination of social arousal and its implications for social congnition in the South African vervet monkey / Petra L. McDougall en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US

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