Conceptual and Methodological Problems Associated with the Study of Aggressive Behavior in Primates under Seminatural Conditions

  • G. Gray Eaton
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 12)


This paper is not a review of studies of primate aggressive behavior but an analysis of some of the problems involved in generating meaningful data under conditions of little control and an examination of the unique contribution such studies can make to the understanding of animal behavior. Primate aggressive behavior has been reviewed by Hall (1964), Washburn and Hamburg (1968), and Southwick (1972) and has received some attention in a review of primate communication by Peters and Ploog (1973). Aggressive behavior per se has been discussed by many authors including Collias (1944), Scott (1958), Carthy and Ebling (1964), and Rothballer (1967).


Aggressive Behavior Breeding Season Rhesus Monkey Japanese Macaque Dominance Rank 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Gray Eaton
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  1. 1.Oregon Regional Primate Research CenterBeavertonUSA

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