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How Primate Mothers and Infants Communicate: Characterizing Interaction in Mother–Infant Studies

  • Maria BoteroEmail author
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Part of the Interdisciplinary Evolution Research book series (IDER, volume 1)

Abstract

All methodologies used to characterize mother–infant interaction in non-human primates include mother, infant, and other social factors. The chief difference is their understanding of how this interaction takes place. Using chimpanzees as a model, I will compare the different methodologies used to describe mother–infant interaction and show how implicit notions of communication and social interaction shape descriptions of this kind of interaction. I will examine the limitations and advantages of different approaches used in mother–infant studies, and I will sketch an alternative approach to studying mother–infant interaction in non-human primates that adopts Bruner’s developmental studies on human infant communication.

Keywords

Mother-infant interaction Methods Primate development Chimpanzees 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and PhilosophySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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