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Descriptive and contextual analysis of eye covering behavior in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

  • Bernard Thierry


An abnormal behavior pattern (covering the eyes with one or both hands) is studied in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). In adults, the eye covering pattern is more frequent and less variable in form than in youngsters; in addition, intermediate forms with play are observed. The frequency of eye covering increases when subjects are placed in an aversive situation (social isolation) and decreases when they perform another behavior (feeding). At the same time, eye covering increases in the evening due to the anticipation of light-dark transition by subjects. The spread of eye covering by way of social transmission is considered.


Social Isolation Animal Ecology Behavior Pattern Rhesus Macaque Intermediate Form 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Thierry
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches de Médecine AérospatialeFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire de PsychophysiologieUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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