Date of Award

Summer 8-9-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jessica M. Rothman

Second Advisor

Nicole Thompson

Academic Program Adviser

Leo Coleman


This study describes play in red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus), grey-cheeked mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena), black-and-white colobus (Colobus guereza), and redtail monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius) to test Instinct-Practice Theory. Solitary locomotor play was different among the species. Rough-and-tumble play was different between male and female redtail monkeys. These results partially support Instinct-Practice Theory.



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