Social Factors Affecting the Development of Mounting Behavior in Male Rhesus Monkeys

  • Robert W. Goy
  • Kim Wallen
  • David A. Goldfoot
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 11)


In primates as well as in other mammalian species, the development of normal sexual behavior in the male depends upon adequate social experience (Nissen, 1954; Valenstein et al., 1955, Mason, 1960; Gerall, 1963; Harlow et al., 1966; Evans, 1967; Beach, 1968; Gruendel and Arnold, 1969; Davenport and Rogers, 1970; Riesen, 1971). In such nonprimate mammals as rats, guinea pigs, and dogs, the effects of early social deprivation on the later expression of sexual behavior seem to be less profound and less permanent than in primates (Kagan and Beach, 1953; Valenstein and Goy, 1957; Zimbardo, 1958; Beach, 1968). These effects are often transitory and can be eliminated with repeated opportunities for sexual and social experience at advanced ages. In male rhesus monkeys, by contrast, deprivation of early social experience has led to long-lasting and probably permanent inadequacies in sexual behavior (Senko, 1966; Missakian, 1969).


Sexual Behavior Social Experience Agonistic Behavior Maternal Separation Rear Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Goy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kim Wallen
    • 1
    • 2
  • David A. Goldfoot
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Wisconsin Regional Primate Research CenterMadisonUSA

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