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Primate Neuroethology$
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Michael Platt and Asif Ghazanfar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.001.0001

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Out of Our Minds

Out of Our Minds

The Neuroethology of Primate Strategic Behavior

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(p.570) Chapter 28 Out of Our Minds
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Primate Neuroethology
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Louise Barrett

Drew Rendall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326598.003.0028

This chapter presents an alternative view to the notion that complex social behaviors in primates require complex brain processes. It argues that social behavior in primates may be mediated by relatively simple rules that use the structure of the social environment as a scaffold. This is in opposition to the notion that social knowledge must be explicitly represented by specialized neural circuits. The complexity of the social environment is, in essence, an emergent property of these simple rules of social engagement.

Keywords:   primates, social behavior, social knowledge, social engagement

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