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Folia Primatol (Basel). 1990;54(3-4):129-37.

Conceptual learning in capuchin monkeys.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman.


This paper reviews concept learning in Cebus monkeys, focussing on their ability to use the identity relation, oddity and natural concepts. Capuchins are similar to other primate genera in their use of these concepts. The extant data on learning in primates generally reflect historical concerns with general processes of learning. An alternative approach which considers the tasks the animal faces in its natural environment may be better suited to the discovery of species-unique characteristics of learning. This approach has not yet been applied to Cebus.

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