Testing the function of reconciliation and third-party affiliation for aggressors in hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas hamadryas)

Romero, Teresa, Colmenares, Fernando and Aureli, Filippo (2009) Testing the function of reconciliation and third-party affiliation for aggressors in hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas hamadryas). American Journal of Primatology, 71 (1). pp. 60-69. ISSN 1098-2345

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajp.20619

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Abstract

In social groups, agonistic conflicts can have different negative consequences. Several post-conflict interactions have been suggested as post-conflict management behaviors to mitigate those negative effects. In this study, we investigated the function of two post-conflict behaviors—reconciliation and aggressor-initiated third-party affiliation—on the aggressor’s levels of post-conflict anxiety and aggression in a large colony of hamadryas baboons. We also examined variation in the aggressor’s levels of post-conflict anxiety as a function of relationship quality between the opponents as predicted by the Integrated Hypothesis. We found that after conflicts hamadryas baboon aggressors showed
increased rates of anxiety-related behaviors and that they were also more likely to be involved in renewed aggressive interactions. Although both reconciliation and aggressor-initiated third-party affiliation reduced the probability of receiving post-conflict aggression, only reconciliation reduced the rates of anxiety-related behaviors, suggesting that the aggressors’ post-conflict anxiety might be owing mainly to the damage that the conflict causes to their relationship with the victim. Furthermore, aggressor’s rates of post-conflict anxiety were higher after conflicts with individuals with whom they had a high-quality relationship, supporting the idea that levels of post-conflict anxiety mediate the
occurrence of reconciliation depending on the quality of the relationship with former opponent as predicted by the Integrated Hypothesis.

Keywords:Postconflict behavior, relationship quality, postconflict anxiety, Papio hamadryas, Baboons, reconciliation
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:25913
Deposited On:02 Feb 2017 16:49

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