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dc.contributor.authorRenner, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorKean, Donna
dc.contributor.authorAtkinson, Mark
dc.contributor.authorCaldwell, Christine A.
dc.identifier.citationRenner , E , Kean , D , Atkinson , M & Caldwell , C A 2021 , ' The use of individual, social, and animated cue information by capuchin monkeys and children in a touchscreen task ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 11 , 1043 .
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dc.identifier.otherpublisher-id: s41598-020-80221-4
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dc.description.abstractThe distinctiveness of human cumulative culture raises the question of whether humans respond differently to information originating from social sources, compared with information from other sources. Further, does any such differential responding set humans apart from other species? We studied how capuchin monkeys and 2- to 5-year-old children used information originating from their own actions, those of a human demonstrator, or an animated cue. This information, presented via a touchscreen, always revealed in the first trial (T1) the reward value (rewarded or unrewarded) of one stimulus from a 2- or 3-item array, and could be used in a follow-up trial (T2) involving the same stimulus array. Two monkeys achieved a level of proficiency indicating their appreciation of the T1–T2 relationship, i.e., reliably repeating rewarded (“win”) selections and actively avoiding repetition of unrewarded (“lose”) selections well above chance levels. Neither the two task-proficient monkeys nor the children showed overall performance differences between the three source conditions. Non-task-proficient monkeys, by contrast, did show effects of source, performing best with individually-acquired information. The overall pattern of results hints at an alternative perspective on evidence typically interpreted as showing a human advantage for social information use.
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dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleThe use of individual, social, and animated cue information by capuchin monkeys and children in a touchscreen tasken
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Organic Semiconductor Centreen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Managementen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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