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Personality predicts the propensity for social learning in a wild primate

Carter, Alecia; Marshall, Harry H; Heinsohn, Robert; Cowlishaw, Guy


Social learning can play a critical role in the reproduction and survival of social animals. Individual differences in the propensity for social learning are therefore likely to have important fitness consequences. We asked whether personality might underpin such individual variation in a wild population of chacma baboons (Papio ursinus). We used two field experiments in which individuals had the opportunity to learn how to solve a task froman experienced conspecific demonstrator: exploitation...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: PeerJ
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.283
Access Rights: Open Access


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