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Sequential organization of behavior in nut cracking by semifree capuchin monkeys (Cebus sp.)

Grant number: 11/03420-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2011
Effective date (End): February 28, 2013
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Benedicto Ottoni
Grantee:Clara de Souza Corat
Host Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The spontaneous use of tools by capuchin monkeys (Cebus sp.) has been studied by the Cognitive Ethology Laboratory in wild and semi-free groups. In the Tietê Ecological Park, the use of stones for cracking jerivá (Syagrus romanzoffiana) nuts has been a target of naturalistic studies for more than a decade. Recently, we also started to study this behavior through "experimental interventions" to enhance our understanding about several aspects of the selection and transportation of the tools usedby these animals. The studies here proposed give continuity to these experiments, evaluating theway the monkeys "organize" the use of tools. (AU)

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CORAT, Clara de Souza. Sequential organization and optimization of the nut-cracking behavior of semi-wild tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus sp.). 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Psicologia (IP/SBD) São Paulo.

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