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The function of primate multimodal communication

Overview of attention for article published in Animal Cognition, June 2018
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Title
The function of primate multimodal communication
Published in
Animal Cognition, June 2018
DOI 10.1007/s10071-018-1197-8
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Marlen Fröhlich, Carel P. van Schaik

Abstract

Language is commonly narrowed down to speech, but human face-to-face communication is in fact an intrinsically multimodal phenomenon. Despite growing evidence that the communication of non-human primates, our main model for the evolution of language, is also inherently multimodal, most studies on primate communication have focused on either gestures or vocalizations in isolation. Accordingly, the biological function of multimodal signalling remains poorly understood. In this paper, we aim to merge the perspectives of comparative psychology and behavioural ecology on multimodal communication, and review existing studies in great apes for evidence of multimodal signal function based on content-based, efficacy-based and inter-signal interaction hypotheses. We suggest that cross-species comparisons of great ape interactions in both captive and wild settings will allow us to test the conditions in which these hypotheses apply. We expect such studies to provide novel insights into the function of speech-accompanying signals and cues, such as gestures, facial expressions, and eye gaze.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 32 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 34%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 19%
Professor 4 13%
Student > Postgraduate 2 6%
Unspecified 2 6%
Other 7 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 47%
Psychology 6 19%
Unspecified 6 19%
Linguistics 2 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Other 2 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 March 2019.
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