Manipulative Tendencies of Captive Cebus albifrons


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Abstract

We conducted two experiments to examine the manipulative tendencies of captive Cebus albifrons. In Experiment 1 we examined hand preference for reaching by providing subjects with food either on the cage floor (to facilitate quadrupedal reaching) or at the height of an upright subject's shoulder (to facilitate bipedal reaching). In Experiment 2 we examined combinatorial manipulation by providing subjects with nesting containers and other portable manipulanda. Results indicate that C. albifrons exhibits greater use of the right hand for bipedal versus quadrupedal reaching (exhibiting a group-level lack of bias for bipedal reaching and a left-hand bias for quadrupedal reaching), combines objects using a simple pairing strategy, and uses and produces simple tools. Aspects of these findings parallel those for Cebus apella.

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