Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Social Development in Nonhuman Primates

  • Dario MaestripieriEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3638-1



Changes in the social behavior of nonhuman primates from birth to adulthood


Research with nonhuman primates can provide valuable insights into two main aspects of child development: normative development and interindividual variation. These insights can be mainly theoretical, empirical, or both.

Normative Development

Nonhuman primate research can potentially inform many different theoretical and empirical aspects of normative child development, including socio-behavioral development, cognitive development, communicative development, emotional development, and physiological development as well as various normative aspects of parent-child relationships including attachment, parent-child conflict, and others. Historically, the main contributions of nonhuman primate research to our understanding of normative child development have been in the context of parent-child relationships. Specifically, nonhuman primate research played a...


Parenting Style Interindividual Variation Attachment Theory Maternal Separation Normative Aspect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Comparative Human Development and Institute for Mind and BiologyThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Carey Fitzgerald
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South Carolina - BeaufortBlufftonUSA