Performance Correlates of Social Behavior and Organization in Non-Human Primates.
Annual rept. 1 Aug 78-30 Sep 79,
GEORGIA UNIV ATHENS DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The purpose of this research is to identify and investigate performance variables that are correlated with social rank, social behavior, and social organization in monkeys of the genus Macaca. Twenty-three male Macaca fascicularis Java, or crab-eating macaques from three troops of animals were tested on a number of operant, problem solving, and open field tasks. Performance on several of these tasks was related to social behavior and social status. Experimental manipulations of the social organization and behavior of the animals produced concurrent changes in performance on two of the tasks. The results, for the most part, confirmed and extended findings from previous work on this project. In addition, the years work included additions and improvements to the methods for recording and analyzing social behavior. Finally, equipment and procedures for doing operant testing in the social group situation were developed and tested. Author