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The relative use of proximity, shape similarity, and orientation as visual perceptual grouping cues in Tufted Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus apella) and humans (Homo sapiens)

By Giovanna Spinozzi, Carlo De Lillo, Valentina Truppa and Giulia Castorina


This article was published as Journal of Comparative Psychology, 2009, Vol.123, No. 1, pp. 56-68. It is available from:\ud http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/com/123/1/Metadata only entryRecent experimental results suggest that human and nonhuman primates differ in how they process visual information to assemble component parts into global shapes. To assess whether some of the observed differences in perceptual grouping could be accounted for by the prevalence of different grouping factors in different species, we carried out 2 experiments designed to evaluate the relative use of proximity, similarity of shape, and orientation as grouping cues in humans (Homo sapiens) and capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Both species showed similarly high levels of accuracy using proximity as a cue. Moreover, for both species, grouping by orientation similarity produced a lower level of performance than grouping by proximity. Differences emerged with respect to the use of shape similarity as a cue. In humans, grouping by shape similarity also proved less effective than grouping by proximity but the same was not observed in capuchins. These results suggest that there may be subtle differences between humans and capuchin monkeys in the weighting assigned to different grouping cues that may affect the way in which they combine local features into global shapes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved

Publisher: American Psychological Association
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/7545
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