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Novelty-seeking temperament in captive stumptail macaques (Macaca arctoides) and spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi).
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PMID:  20476821     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Novelty-seeking temperament is defined as the reaction to novel or risk situations and objects, and by the global disposition to explore such stimuli. Our purpose was to describe and compare this trait in primates. For this purpose, a risk-taking Index, a curiosity index, and a novelty-seeking index were correlated to several biosocial variables using 22 captive stumptail macaques (Macaca arctoides) and 7 captive spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Spider monkeys scored higher than macaques, males of both species scored higher than females, and dominant macaques were evaluated as more novelty seekers. We suggest that these differences may be because of, among other reasons, the particular social system of each species.
Ana María Santillán-Doherty; José Cortés-Sotres; Rita Virginia Arenas-Rosas; Alejandra Márquez-Arias; Carlos Cruz; Asunción Medellín; Ana Julia Aguirre; Jairo Muñóz-Delgado; José Luis Díaz
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1939-2087     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comp Psychol     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-18     Completed Date:  2010-09-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309850     Medline TA:  J Comp Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñíz, Mexico City, Mexico.
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MeSH Terms
Atelinae / physiology*
Behavior, Animal*
Exploratory Behavior*
Macaca / physiology*

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