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The relationship between play, brain growth and behavioural flexibility in primates

Authors
  • Montgomery, Stephen H.1, 2
  • 1 Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
  • 2 University College London
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Accepted Date
Jan 16, 2014
Volume
90
Pages
281–286
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.02.004
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

•The relevance of play to behavioural development was examined in primates.•Primates that play more have greater amounts of postnatal brain growth.•Nonsocial play is associated with a greater frequency of tool use.•Social play is associated with a higher frequency of tactical deception.•Play may therefore play an adaptive role in behavioural development.

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