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Perceptual considerations in the use of colored photographic and video stimuli to study nonhuman primate behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17044007     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of photographs, slides, computerized images, and video to study behavior is increasingly being employed in nonhuman primates. However, since these mediums have been designed to simulate natural coloration for normal trichromatic human vision, they can fail to reproduce color in meaningful and accurate ways for viewers with different visual systems. Given the range of color perception that exists both across and within different species, it is necessary to consider this variation in order to discern the suitability of these mediums for experimental use. Because of the high degree of visual similarity among humans, Old World monkeys, and apes, the use of photographic and video stimuli should be acceptable in terms of replicating naturalistic coloration and making noticeable color manipulations. However, among New World primates and prosimians, there exists a considerable degree of variation in color perceptual abilities depending on the species, sex, and allelic combination of the animals involved. Therefore, the use of these mediums to study behavior is problematic for these species, and should be done with caution.
Corri Waitt; Hannah M Buchanan-Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of primatology     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0275-2565     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Primatol.     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2006-12-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108949     Medline TA:  Am J Primatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1054-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
(c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Scottish Primate Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / physiology
Cercopithecidae / physiology*
Color Perception / physiology*
Hominidae / physiology*
Photic Stimulation / methods
Platyrrhini / physiology*

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