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Primates: Social Behavior: 2/24 3 Major Fields of study on behavior : Ethology : focuses on animal behavior in nature, natural behavior, why do they behave a certain way? Comparative Psychology : focuses on individual rather than species, mechanisms that explain behavior (brain activity, hormones, etc) Sociobiology : explain aspects of behavior, i.e. Reciprocal altruism: help each other, why they help/care for each other Why be social? On notebook page “Social Life of Monkeys and Apes” (1932) by Solly Zuckerman - Two factors that make them social: Sexual Attraction Dominance Hierarchy T.C. Schneirla “gregarious tendency” They are social because the species are social so the infants are genetically predisposed to be social or not Obligative (genetic): inherited social component Facultative (learned): learning to be social component Characteristics of Social Groups Size Number of adult males Type of dominance relations Cohesiveness Emigration patterns Social structures Solitary Monogamous pair
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course PSYCH 450 taught by Professor Coe during the Spring '10 term at Wisconsin.

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2-24 - Primates: Social Behavior: 2/24 3 Major Fields of...

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