Multimodal pair-bond maintenance: A review of signaling across modalities in pair-bonded nonhuman primates

Britt Singletary, Stacey Tecot

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Abstract

Only a handful of primate species exhibit the social relationship of pair-bonding. Efficient communication is critical for behavioral coordination within pair-bonds to maintain proximity and respond appropriately to extra-pair individuals, and possibly coordinate infant care. The use of complex signaling across modalities may help individuals improve communicative outcomes. We review many ways that pair-bonded species use signals to communicate and maintain bonds, though little previous research has taken a truly multimodal approach within a single species. We make a call for further investigation into pair-bonded communication using a multimodal approach to better understand how these species use all their senses to build, maintain, and advertise their bonds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere23105
JournalAmerican Journal of Primatology
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • communication
  • multimodal
  • pair-bonds
  • signaling
  • territoriality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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