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Elephants Use Pointing. Stefan Dang. Background & Related Topics. Acquiring information from the behavior of others Pointing in primates Pointing in young children Wolves & dogs respond to pointing Reading human social cue ability Domesticated vs. non-domesticated .

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background related topics
Background & Related Topics
  • Acquiring information from the behavior of others
  • Pointing in primates
  • Pointing in young children
  • Wolves & dogs respond to pointing
  • Reading human social cue ability
  • Domesticated vs. non-domesticated
african elephants can use human pointing cues to find hidden food
African Elephants Can Use Human Pointing Cues to Find Hidden Food
  • 11 captive African elephants
  • Never been domesticated
  • Object-choice task
  • Intentional communication
method
Method
  • Ipsilateral whole-arm action
  • No point control
  • Experimenter stood in one of three locations
    • Body centered
    • Asymmetric congruent
    • Asymmetric incongruent
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Method
  • Elephants and object choice task
  • Elephants and object choice task (13s)
social cues and accuracy
Social Cues and Accuracy
  • Social cues
    • Whole-arm ipsilateral point (Highest accuracy)
    • Whole-arm cross body point (Highest accuracy)
    • Elbow cross-body point
    • Forward cross-body point
    • Gaze alone (Lowest accuracy)
    • No point control (Lowest accuracy)
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