Decision Making in Social Interactions by Monkeys

  • Yasuyuki Muroyama


Nonhuman group-living primates are living in a socially complicated environment characterized by various relationships such as kin and dominance. In most of the Old World monkeys, females generally remain in their natal groups throughout their lives, while males emigrate from their natal group after sexual maturity. Females have strong social bonds with related group members, and thus they frequently interacted with them and form aggressive alliances against members of other matrilines. Dominance also affects the frequency and direction of social interactions among related and unrelated group members. What kind of social relationships an individual has with other group members may greatly affect its survival and fecundity (Dunbar 1988).


Female Offspring Japanese Macaque Birth Season Unrelated Pair Bout Length 
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  • Yasuyuki Muroyama
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  1. 1.Field Research Center, Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityAichiJapan

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