The aim of this text is to draw attention to the exciting progress of contemporary studies of the social psychology of monkeys and apes. It is written with a clear style which should invite interest from a wide range of social scientists. The relatedness of humans and non-human primates that is usually considered in its genetic forms is followed through into the complex social tactics of monkeys and apes. The focus of the book is on the latest research as it has developed out of earlier classic studies. The current wave of researchers working on social topics is especially emphasised. This book will be of particular interest to primatologists, ethologists, anthropologists, zoologists, social psychologists, and students of social cognition and social interaction. For students, the appendices provide useful information on the variety of social structures of Old World and New World monkeys and apes.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Social Psychology and Primates. Intentionality, Deception and Social Intelligence. Primate Communication and Social Psychology. Facial Expressions. Gestures, Postures and Touch. Vocal Signals: Apes. Vocal Signals: Monkeys. Tactics and Social Devices. Social Exchange and Grooming Partnerships. Sexuality in Monkeys and Apes. Dominance and Social Relationships. Primate Studies and Social Psychology. Appendices.
'This book is the perfect starting point to acquaint readers with the potential mutual influence of primatology and social psychology ... The book is aimed at an audience from many disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology, zoology and cognitive sciences. The clear style of the book makes it accessible to readers with varying degrees of expertise on the subjects.' - Lucilla Spini, University of Oxford, in Journal of Biosocial Science