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Cooperatively breeding cottontop tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) do not donate rewards to their long-term mates.
Accepted: Dec 16, 2008
Revised: Dec 9, 2008
First Submitted: Jun 27, 2008
Cronin, Katherine A.; Schroeder, Kori K. E.; Rothwell, Emily S.; Silk, Joan B.; Snowdon, Charles T.
Cronin, Katherine A.: email@example.com
Katherine A. Cronin, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, 1202 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI, US, 53706, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cronin, Katherine A. Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, US
Schroeder, Kori K. E. Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, US
Rothwell, Emily S. Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, US
Silk, Joan B. Department of Anthropology, University of California,, Los Angeles, CA, US
Snowdon, Charles T. Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, US
Journal of Comparative Psychology. Vol 123(3), Aug 2009, 231-241.
0735-7036 (Print); 1939-2087 (Electronic)
Other Serial Titles
Journal of Animal Behavior
Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology
US: American Psychological Association
Henry Holt and Company, Inc., US
Williams & Wilkins Company, US
Journal; Peer Reviewed Journal
This study tested the hypothesis that cooperative breeding facilitates the emergence of prosocial behavior by presenting cottontop tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) with the option to provide food rewards to pair-bonded mates. In Experiment 1, tamarins could provide rewards to mates at no additional cost while obtaining rewards for themselves. Contrary to the hypothesis, tamarins did not demonstrate a preference to donate rewards, behaving similar to chimpanzees in previous studies. In Experiment 2, the authors eliminated rewards for the donor for a stricter test of prosocial behavior, while reducing separation distress and food preoccupation. Again, the authors found no evidence for a donation preference. Furthermore, tamarins were significantly less likely to deliver rewards to mates when the mate displayed interest in the reward. The results of this study contrast with those recently reported for cooperatively breeding common marmosets, and indicate that prosocial preferences in a food donation task do not emerge in all cooperative breeders. In previous studies, cottontop tamarins have cooperated and reciprocated to obtain food rewards; the current findings sharpen understanding of the boundaries of cottontop tamarins? food-provisioning behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
Digital Object Identifier
donation; prosocial behavior; cooperative breeding; cottontop tamarin; rewards
*Animal Breeding; *Animal Social Behavior; *Monkeys; *Prosocial Behavior; Rewards
2440 Social & Instinctive Behavior
Animal; Male; Female
Empirical Study; Quantitative Study
Other (Internet Available)
This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant MH029775, the University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Committee, a Hilldale Professorship to Charles T. Snowdon, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to Katherine A. Cronin.
American Psychological Association
20090817 (PsycARTICLES); 20090817 (PsycINFO)
Number of Cited References (Sample Only)
Number of Citations: 40, Number of Citations Displayed : 40
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