Coercive behavior in the rhesus monkey

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Dominance relationships were observed in 8 female monkeys trained to turn a handle to obtain food and paired in the handle-turn apparatus with their cagemates. With the dominant member of a pair established, only the responses of the submissive animal were rewarded with food, requiring the dominant animal to obtain its food by interception of pellets produced by the submissive. When the dominant became proficient at interception, the submissive was fed prior to the sessions, thus setting up the task for the dominant of manipulating its prefed partner to obtain food. The proper manipulations occurred only after several sessions, or after special training. The results were taken as evidence for S-R interpretations of behavior in primate observation learning and communication. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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