, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 327–332 | Cite as

Natural conceptual behavior in squirrel monkeys (saimiri sciureus): An experimental investigation

  • Kimberley A. Phillips
Short Communication


Natural conceptual discriminations have been tested in many different species, including pigeons and a variety of non-human primates. The ability of four male squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) to learn and use the natural concept ‘squirrel monkey’ was investigated in this study. After a training phase, subjects were presented with novel stimuli in transfer and test trials. All subjects performed at a rate significantly above chance on the first test trial (p<.001), indicating that squirrel monkeys can utilize natural concepts in the laboratory.

Key Words

Saimiri Conceptual behavior Squirrel monkeys Natural concepts Animal cognition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberley A. Phillips
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychology and BiologyHiram CollegeHiramUSA

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