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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: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers.

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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)
    Keywords: Mother-infant interaction, primates, observational methods, communication
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
    Specific Sciences > Anthropology
    Conferences and Volumes: [2009] EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association (Amsterdam, 21-24 October, 2009) > EPSA 2009 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Maria Botero
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5234
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5234

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