Social Play in Primates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126527506, 9780323155397

Social Play in Primates

1st Edition

Editors: Euclid Smith
eBook ISBN: 9780323155397
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1978
Page Count: 336
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Social Play in Primates provides comprehensive discussions on the social aspect of play in the behavior of primates. It also presents various approaches in understanding the complex behavioral phenomenon of play. Composed of 11 chapters, the book starts by discussing the historical background of play. It also traces the development of the interest in the study of play from the writings of Aristotle, through educational reformers of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the psychologists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book then presents important data on the effects of gonadectomy on social play in group-living rhesus monkeys. It also presents a comparative study about the play behavior of three of the four great ape species. Furthermore, it offers a view of the function of play in primate society. Finally, the book examines play in young humans by citing some significant information on the nature of peer- vs. adult-oriented early social experience. The book concludes by presenting both the theoretical and methodological aspects on the study of play.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface A Historical View of the Study of Play: Statement of the Problem Sex Differences in the Acquisition of Play Among Juvenile Vervet Monkeys The Behavior of Gonadectomized Rhesus Monkeys. I. Play Social Play in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatto): A Cluster Analysis Ethological Studies of Play Behavior in Captive Great Apes Functions of Primate Play Behavior The Function of Adult Play in Free-Ranging Macaca mulatto The Question of Function: Dominance and Play Reinforcement Theories of Exploration, Play, Creativity, and Psychosocial Growth Object-Play: Test of a Categorized Model by the Genesis of Object-Play in Macaca fuscata A Longitudinal Study of Social Play in Synanon/Peer-Reared Children Index


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