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dc.contributor.authorHobaiter, Cat
dc.contributor.authorFrohlich, Marlen
dc.identifier.citationHobaiter , C & Frohlich , M 2018 , ' The development of gestural communication in great apes ' , Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology , vol. 72 , no. 12 , 194 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 255409379
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85058958850
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-3893-0524/work/52281197
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dc.descriptionM.F. was funded by the Forschungskredit of the University of Zurich, grant no. FK-17-106.en
dc.description.abstractGreat apes deploy gestural signals in goal-directed and flexible ways across a wide range of social contexts. Despite growing evidence for profound effects of developmental experience on social cognition, socio-ecological factors shaping gesture use are still poorly understood, particularly in apes living in their natural environment. After discussing current ambiguities in terminology and methods, we review recent work implementing a longitudinal and/or cross-sectional approach in great ape gesture acquisition and development. To understand whether and to what extent the socio-ecological environment influences gestural communication, it is essential to distinguish between the gesture repertoire and gesture usage, which represent different levels of analysis. While the majority of the apes’ gestural repertoire seems to be innate, accumulating evidence shows that the communicative usage of these signals is substantially affected by interactional experiences throughout ontogeny.
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dc.subjectGreat apesen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleThe development of gestural communication in great apesen
dc.typeJournal itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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