A preliminary survey of behavioural stereotypes in captive primates

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Evidence that displacement activities facilitate behavioural transitions in ring-tailed lemurs

Displacement activities are behavioural patterns defined by their apparent irrelevance to an animal’s ongoing actions. Despite being identified in diverse taxa, their function remains poorly understood. One hypothesis posits that displacement activities facilitate transitions between different behaviours by mediating changes in animals’ motivational state. Under this hypothesis, it is predicted that displace-ment activities will occur […]