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dc.contributor.authorGenty, Emilie
dc.contributor.authorNeumann, Christof
dc.contributor.authorZuberbuehler, Klaus
dc.identifier.citationGenty , E , Neumann , C & Zuberbuehler , K 2015 , ' Bonobos modify communication signals according to recipient familiarity ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 5 , 16442 , pp. 1-10 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-8378-088X/work/64360674
dc.descriptionThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 283871.en
dc.description.abstractHuman and nonhuman primate communication differs in various ways. In particular, humans base communicative efforts on mutual knowledge and conventions shared between interlocutors. In this study, we experimentally tested whether bonobos (Pan paniscus), a close relative to humans, are able to take into account the familiarity, i.e. the shared interaction history, when communicating with a human partner. In five experimental conditions we found that subjects took the recipients' attentional state and their own communicative effectiveness into account by adjusting signal production accordingly. More importantly, in case of communicative failure, subjects repeated previously successful signals more often with a familiar than unfamiliar recipient, with whom they had no previous interactions, and elaborated by switching to new signals more with the unfamiliar than the familiar one, similar to what has previously been found in two year-old children. We discuss these findings in relation to the human capacity to establish common ground between interlocutors, a crucial aspect of human cooperative communication.
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dc.subjectChimpanzees pan-troglodytesen
dc.subjectOrangutans Pongo-pygmaeusen
dc.subjectGestural communicationen
dc.subjectRevision behaviorsen
dc.subjectAttentional statusen
dc.subjectDifferential useen
dc.subjectOlive baboonsen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleBonobos modify communication signals according to recipient familiarityen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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