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Reinforced drawing inMacaca mulatta

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Journal
Journal of Human Evolution
0047-2484
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
5
Issue
4
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DOI: 10.1016/0047-2484(76)90039-7

Abstract

Abstract Two male Macaca mulatta were trained with food reinforcement to make marks with a crayon on an opaque plastic surface. Both subjects used repetitive arm movements in their drawing. One monkey produced fanlike patterns which have also appeared in the drawings of other primate species, including humans. It is suggested that the forms produced by reinforced drawing are similar to those found in the non-reinforced artwork of other primates and that the development of all primate art may be dependent on simple mechanical arm movements.

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