Project #13682 - Lab # 2: Primate Behavior

 

Objective: To observe and describe the nonverbal interaction behaviors of a discrete group of primates, human or non-human.

 

Materials: Writing materials and a working knowledge of terms to describe primate social behavior (chapter 7).

           

Procedure:

 

  1. Identify a human or non-human primate group whose members’ interaction you wish to describe and explain. The description will include the setting and the makeup of the group by age and sex, but it will focus on group behavior. And you will have to decide how long you want to observe the group interaction: for 2 minutes? 5? 10? from start to finish? This behavioral description will be precise and clinical: gestures, body language, facial expressions, vocalizations, etc. will be included. IF DESCRIBING HUMANS, DO NOT REPORT OR USE THEIR VERBAL LANGUAGE.
  2. Your aim will be completeness and precision. So there has to be something going on, and your observing and documenting that interaction should be fairly demanding. You may work with 1 or 2 partners on this data collection, or you may work alone. If you work as a team, you’ll have to decide who records what and then compile your observations into one interaction description afterward—more work, but you’ll have a better chance of not missing anything important than if you work alone. If you do work with 1 or more others, identify them in your writeup. On the other hand, collecting the data/documenting the group members’ individual behavior with each other alone may be easier.  Think of this information as your field notes. Be sure to get copies of your other team members’ field notes if you are doing this in a group.
  3. Now you are ready to do your report. Each person will do both parts of the report individually. It will be in two distinct parts. The first part is a smooth, detailed, precise, clinical, and complete verbal description of the group interaction, based on your field notes. Who did what, start to finish? Include all the little details.
  4. Once you’ve done that, you will need to provide a complete, systematic explanation/interpretation of why the individuals in the group interacted with/ behaved toward one another as they did: what was each group member aiming to accomplish? How did he/she go about achieving this aim? Did her/his goal/s or strategy/ies change? How and why? This part of the report will clearly be partly subjective, but think and write as much as possible in common primate terms (see chapter 7).
  5. Post the Lab 2 Report to its Dropbox by the deadline.

 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 10/01/2013 01:00 pm
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