Establishing an infrastructure for collaboration in primate cognition research

Autoři: Drew M. Altschul aff001;  Michael J. Beran aff002;  Manuel Bohn aff003;  Josep Call aff005;  Sarah DeTroy aff004;  Shona J. Duguid aff006;  Crystal L. Egelkamp aff007;  Claudia Fichtel aff008;  Julia Fischer aff008;  Molly Flessert aff002;  Daniel Hanus aff009;  Daniel B. M. Haun aff004;  Lou M. Haux aff010;  R. Adriana Hernandez-Aguilar aff011;  Esther Herrmann aff009;  Lydia M. Hopper aff007;  Marine Joly aff013;  Fumihiro Kano aff014;  Stefanie Keupp aff008;  Alicia P. Melis aff006;  Alba Motes Rodrigo aff015;  Stephen R. Ross aff007;  Alejandro Sánchez-Amaro aff009;  Yutaro Sato aff014;  Vanessa Schmitt aff017;  Manon K. Schweinfurth aff005;  Amanda M. Seed aff005;  Derry Taylor aff013;  Christoph J. Völter aff005;  Elizabeth Warren aff005;  Julia Watzek aff002
Působiště autorů: The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom aff001;  Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America aff002;  Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America aff003;  Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany aff004;  University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom aff005;  Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom aff006;  Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America aff007;  German Primate Center and Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition, Göttingen, Germany aff008;  Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany aff009;  Center for Adaptive Rationality, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany aff010;  Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway aff011;  Department of Social Psychology and Quantitative Psychology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain aff012;  University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom aff013;  Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan aff014;  University of Tübigen, Tübingen, Germany aff015;  University of California San Diego, San Diego, California, United States of America aff016;  Heidelberg Zoo & University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany aff017;  Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria aff018
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223675


Inferring the evolutionary history of cognitive abilities requires large and diverse samples. However, such samples are often beyond the reach of individual researchers or institutions, and studies are often limited to small numbers of species. Consequently, methodological and site-specific-differences across studies can limit comparisons between species. Here we introduce the ManyPrimates project, which addresses these challenges by providing a large-scale collaborative framework for comparative studies in primate cognition. To demonstrate the viability of the project we conducted a case study of short-term memory. In this initial study, we were able to include 176 individuals from 12 primate species housed at 11 sites across Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. All subjects were tested in a delayed-response task using consistent methodology across sites. Individuals could access food rewards by remembering the position of the hidden reward after a 0, 15, or 30-second delay. Overall, individuals performed better with shorter delays, as predicted by previous studies. Phylogenetic analysis revealed a strong phylogenetic signal for short-term memory. Although, with only 12 species, the validity of this analysis is limited, our initial results demonstrate the feasibility of a large, collaborative open-science project. We present the ManyPrimates project as an exciting opportunity to address open questions in primate cognition and behaviour with large, diverse datasets.

Klíčová slova:

Animal performance – Animal phylogenetics – Apes – Phylogenetic analysis – Primates – Psychology – Short term memory – Animal cognition


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