Primates

, Volume 12, Issue 3–4, pp 221–227 | Cite as

Operant cycles and imitational learning in a social setting

  • Gilbert W. Meier
Article

Abstract

The provisioning of a communally-maintained group of rhesus monkeys with operant procedures reveals the following: (1) the temporal interaction of the daily work cycles for several discrete reinforcers; (2) the interaction of these cycles with other patterns of social activity; (3) the independent acquisition of operant schedules by animals recently born to the group and of new schedules by all members of the group.

Keywords

Operant Procedure Social Activity Rhesus Monkey Animal Ecology Social Setting 

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilbert W. Meier
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.George Peabody College for TeachersUSA
  2. 2.Nebraska Psychiatric InstituteUniversity of Nebraska, College of MedicineOmahaUSA

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