IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Grooming for tolerance? Two mechanisms of exchange in wild tufted capuchin monkeys

Listed author(s):
  • Barbara Tiddi
  • Filippo Aureli
  • Eugenia Polizzi di Sorrentino
  • Charles H. Janson
  • Gabriele Schino
Registered author(s):

    The strategies used by individuals to deploy altruistic behaviors have long captured research attention. Two general mechanisms can account for the decision-making process underpinning the deployment of altruistic behaviors among nonkin. The first mechanism, referred to here as "temporal relation between events," corresponds to classical reciprocal altruism; as such, it is strictly within-dyad and has a strong temporal component. The second mechanism, labeled here as "partner choice based on benefits received," relies on across-dyad comparisons. Although these 2 mechanisms are both theoretically plausible and are not mutually exclusive, very little is known about their relative importance in the deployment of altruistic behaviors. To partially fill this gap, we explored the occurrence of exchanges between grooming and tolerance by assessing the roles of both temporal relations between events and of partner choice based on benefits received in wild tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella nigritus). Data on grooming and cofeeding on contestable resources (as a measure of tolerance) were collected both in natural contexts and during supplemental feeding on provisioning platforms. Overall, our results document reciprocal exchanges between grooming and tolerance over food resources and thus represent the first evidence in wild New World primates for partner choice based on benefits received. More interestingly, partner choice was found to drive the reciprocal exchange much more strongly than the temporal relation between events. Our findings suggest that the role of partner choice based on benefits received should be given much more attention in studies investigating the mechanisms underlying altruism among nonkin. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by International Society for Behavioral Ecology in its journal Behavioral Ecology.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 663-669

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:oup:beheco:v:22:y:2011:i:3:p:663-669
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK

    Fax: 01865 267 985
    Web page:

    Order Information: Web:

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:oup:beheco:v:22:y:2011:i:3:p:663-669. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Oxford University Press)

    or (Christopher F. Baum)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.