publication . Article . 2009

Post-conflict third-party affiliation in chimpanzees: what's in it for the third party?

Sonja E. Koski; Elisabeth H. M. Sterck;
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  • Published: 10 Feb 2009 Journal: American Journal of Primatology, volume 71, pages 409-418 (issn: 0275-2565, eissn: 1098-2345, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
Affiliative behavior after conflicts between conflict participants and other group members is common in many primate species. The proposed functions for such triadic interactions are numerous, mostly concerning the benefit for the former conflict opponents. We investigated post-conflict third-party affiliation (TPA) in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) with the aim of assessing what the affiliating third parties may gain from affiliation. Specifically, we tested whether third-party-initiated affiliation protects the third parties from further aggression by conflict opponents. We found support for this “self-protection hypothesis,” in that third parties selec...
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free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Third party, Aggression, medicine.symptom, medicine, Self protection, Post conflict, Conflict management, Psychology, Social psychology, Empathy, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common
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