Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Attention-Getting Behaviors

  • C. RochaisEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_248-1


Attention-getting behaviors (AGB) are described as communicative cues that aim to gain attentional state of the audience. They will mostly cluster into visual, auditory, or tactile signals, depending on the perceptual system used. Intentional nature of communicative cues has been highlighted as a crucial feature in animal communication systems (e.g., for a review: Townsend et al. 2017). For instance, several species (e.g., in great apes: Halina et al. 2013; Prieur et al. 2016a) have been shown to communicate with each other by gesturing. To be considered as intentional, gestures must fulfill several criteria (Bates et al. 1975; Leavens et al. 2005): (1) the gesture is goal-oriented and the signal persists or is completed with other signals until the desired outcome is reached; (2) the gesture is adjusted in accordance to the attentional state of the audience, whose attention can be regained by the use of additional attention-getting behaviors; and (3) the gesture is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire Ethologie Animale et Humaine-EthoS- Université de CaenUniversité de Rennes 1, UMR CNRS 6552PaimpontFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Patterson-Kane
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Welfare DivisionAmerican Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)SchaumburgUSA