Sex and rank affect how infant rhesus macaques look at faces

Paukner, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3421-1864, Slonecker, E.M., Murphy, A.M., Wooddell, L.J. and Dettmer, A.M., 2018. Sex and rank affect how infant rhesus macaques look at faces. Developmental Psychobiology, 60 (2), pp. 187-193. ISSN 1098-2302

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Abstract

We investigated how differences in infant sex and mothers’ dominance status affect infant rhesus macaques’ (Macaca mulatta) interest in visually exploring emotional facial expressions. Thirty-eight infants were presented with animated avatars of macaque facial expressions during the first month of life. Sons of high-ranking mothers looked more at faces, especially the eye region, than sons of low-ranking mothers, but no difference in looking duration was found for daughters. Males looked significantly more at eyes than females, but this effect was reversed in infants who were reared without mothers in a primate nursery facility. In addition, in mother-infant interactions, mothers of sons were more likely to gaze at their infant’s face compared to mothers of daughters. Combined with previous research indicating that rhesus macaque mothers interact differently with infants based on their own rank and infant’s sex, these results support the view that social experiences shape early face preferences in rhesus macaques.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Developmental Psychobiology
Creators: Paukner, A., Slonecker, E.M., Murphy, A.M., Wooddell, L.J. and Dettmer, A.M.
Publisher: Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Date: March 2018
Volume: 60
Number: 2
ISSN: 1098-2302
Identifiers:
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10.1002/dev.21579DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 04 Feb 2019 14:22
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 14:22
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35740

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