alexa The Expressive Apes and the Emotional Apes: Current Fair Trends in Primatology

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The Expressive Apes and the Emotional Apes: Current Fair Trends in Primatology

Once, not so long ago - lets go back two decades - Primatology was a much more rigid discipline, in which the studies of nonhuman primate facial expression and emotion were bound to connect both topics in the form of (stereotyped displays) which researchers actively sought in their behavior sampling schemes. There was little room for interindividual variation, cultural variation and complex emotions, which were «naturally» in the realm of humans. In recent years not only has there been an upsurge of interest in nonhuman primate expressive behavior, including facial and gestural expression, but also an increased interest in the detailed inspection of complex emotional experiences, such as empathy and social emotions, and a widespread acknowledgment of personality, which can affect all of the above. How did Primatology depart from dogma and arrived at current fairness to the emotional and expressive lives of primates and where is this trend going to take us?

Citation: Gaspar A (2012) The Expressive Apes and the Emotional Apes: Current Fair Trends in Primatology. J Primatol 1:e113.

 
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