Social after-effects of fur rubbing in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): increased antagonism and reduced affiliation

Paukner, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3421-1864 and Suomi, S.J., 2012. Social after-effects of fur rubbing in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): increased antagonism and reduced affiliation. Primates, 53 (3), pp. 297-301. ISSN 0032-8332

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Abstract

Fur rubbing is widely believed to have a social bonding function in capuchin monkeys, yet a recent study of tufted capuchins revealed increased levels of aggression and reduced levels of affiliation after fur-rubbing bouts. This observed decrease in group cohesion may be attributable to increased intragroup competition for fur-rub material rather than being a direct effect of fur rubbing itself. To test this hypothesis, we separated individual tufted monkeys (Cebus apella) from their social group and provided them with fur-rub material or control material, thereby avoiding intragroup competition. After engagement with materials, we released subjects back into their social group and observed their subsequent interactions with group members. We found that subjects were more likely to encounter aggression and less likely to receive affiliation from others in the fur-rub condition than in the control condition. These results support the idea that fur rubbing carries social after-effects for capuchin monkeys. The precise mechanisms of the observed effects remain to be clarified in future studies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Primates
Creators: Paukner, A. and Suomi, S.J.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: July 2012
Volume: 53
Number: 3
ISSN: 0032-8332
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1007/s10329-012-0300-zDOI
1427688Other
Rights: © Japan Monkey Centre and Springer (Outside the USA) 2012
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Lee Houghton
Date Added: 26 Mar 2021 12:53
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42607

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