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Use of human visual attention cues by olive baboons (Papio anubis) in a competitive task.
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PMID:  12856791     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The ability of 4 olive baboons (Papio anubis) to use human gaze cues during a competitive food task was investigated. Three baboons used head orientation as a cue, and 1 individual also used eye direction alone. As the baboons did not receive prior training with gestural cues, their performance suggests that the competitive paradigm may be more appropriate for testing nonhuman primates than the standard object-choice paradigm. However, the baboons were insensitive to whether the experimenter could actually perceive the food item, and therefore the use of visual orientation cues may not be indicative of visual perspective-taking abilities. Performance was disrupted by the introduction of a screen and objects to conceal food items and by the absence of movement in cues presented.
Sarah-Jane Vick; James R Anderson
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)     Volume:  117     ISSN:  0735-7036     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comp Psychol     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-14     Completed Date:  2004-01-15     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309850     Medline TA:  J Comp Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  209-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre Nacional de la Recherche Scientifique Station de Primatologie, Rousset-sur-Arc, France.
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MeSH Terms
Competitive Behavior*
Eye Movements
Vision, Ocular*

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