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Gaze following and joint attention in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9286096     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Gaze and attention direction provide important sources of social information for primates. Behavioral studies show that chimpanzees spontaneously follow human gaze direction. By contrast, non-ape species such as macaques fail to follow gaze cues. The authors investigated the reactions of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) to attention cues of conspecifics. Two subjects were presented with videotaped images of a stimulus monkey with its attention directed to 1 of 2 identical objects. Analysis of eye movements revealed that both subjects inspected the target (object or position attended by the stimulus monkey) more often than the distractor (nonattended object or position). These results provide evidence that rhesus monkeys follow gaze and use the attention cues of other monkeys to orient their own attention to objects.
N J Emery; E N Lorincz; D I Perrett; M W Oram; C I Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0735-7036     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comp Psychol     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-08     Completed Date:  1997-10-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309850     Medline TA:  J Comp Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Fixation, Ocular*
Imitative Behavior*
Macaca mulatta / psychology*
Social Behavior
Social Environment

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