Post-agonistic tolerance of rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) victims by bonded and non-bonded partners
Grand, Alison Paige
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Functional explanations of post-agonistic affiliative behavior, based on which categories of individuals the victim associates with following an agonistic encounter, might be flawed if there is reluctance to associate with the victim. I utilized the PC/MC method of data collection, recording affiliative contact between the victim and group members, and approach, follow, and break proximity. Victims did seek post-agonistic affiliative behavior from bonded partners as evidenced by the victim’s increased following and soliciting of grooming of bonded partners. Victims did not follow and solicit grooming from non-bonded partners or aggressors. Only bonded partners were reluctant to associate with the victim, breaking proximity with the victim more following an agonistic encounter. This reluctance was speculated to be responsible for the decrease in post-agonistic affiliative contact found between the victim and bonded partners. Studies should consider reluctance when drawing functional conclusions based on post- agonistic affiliative contact between victims and categories of individuals.