This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. The subproject and investigator (PI) may have received primary funding from another NIH source, and thus could be represented in other CRISP entries. The institution listed is for the Center, which is not necessarily the institution for the investigator. In close collaboration with Dr. Andrew Whiten of St. Andrews University in Scotland (a world renowned specialist in this field), and a postdoc (Dr. Victoria Horner) from the same institution, we will study the process of social learning in outdoor housed groups of chimpanzees: What is the mechanism of social transmission: are apes capable of true imitation? This has been questioned by several investigators. We have been at the forefront designing tests of imitation, using 'artificial fruits' (a sort of puzzle box), and finding positive results that have been widely accepted. How does behavior spread in a group? Thus far, most studies have subjected chimpanzees to human behavior to see how it spreads, but we want to know about chimp-to-chimp transmission, which is the only kind of transmission that matters in the natural habitat. We have Dr. Whiten?s puzzle boxes and a renovated testing facility, and are in the process of setting up imitation experiments on the chimpanzees. The unique feature of these studies, compared to all studies done before, is that the models from which the ch8impanzees will learn will be conspecifics. So, instead of a human demonstrator, they will learn from another chimpanzee. This series of experiments will match more closely the processes of social transmission going on the field.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Primate Research Center Grants (P51)
Project #
2P51RR000165-46
Application #
7349137
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-CM-8 (01))
Project Start
2006-06-09
Project End
2007-04-30
Budget Start
2006-06-09
Budget End
2007-04-30
Support Year
46
Fiscal Year
2006
Total Cost
$40,116
Indirect Cost
Name
Emory University
Department
Otolaryngology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
066469933
City
Atlanta
State
GA
Country
United States
Zip Code
30322
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