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More than Designing an Ethogram, The Implications of Choosing a Methodology in Primatology

Botero, Maria (2009) More than Designing an Ethogram, The Implications of Choosing a Methodology in Primatology. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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All methodologies used to characterize mother-infant interaction includes mother, infant, and other social factors. The chief difference is how each methodology selects certain elements of this interaction as relevant. I will argue that in the context of the mother-infant interaction a methodology’s results depend on the model’s presuppositions on the nature of communication. These presupposition affects the kinds of questions asked, the kind of data obtained, and how these data are analyzed. I will show this by contrasting two different analysis of separation studies in infant primates: what I call the Ecological-Linear approach vs. Dynamic System Theory (DST) approach.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Botero, Maria
Keywords: Mother-infant interaction, primates, observational methods, communication
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Anthropology and Archaeology
Depositing User: Maria Botero
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:19
Item ID: 5234

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