Evidence for social referencing in young chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A captive chimpanzee group was observed in order to determine the extent to which the social interactions of the infants and juveniles (18-50 months) were affected by their mothers' relationships with other adult group members. It was found that the young chimpanzees initiated more interactions with adults who interacted more with their mothers. A vast majority of those interactions occurred at significant distances from the mother. It is argued that these data imply a social-cognitive ability in young chimpanzees closely related to the human infant's ability to use its mother in 'social referencing'.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Evans, A; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 54

PubMed ID

  • 3557230

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1421-9980

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0015-5713

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1159/000156263


  • eng