Gesture Results

I finally have my results. I’ve been rearranging some of the data to see if the data look any different when I tilt my head a certain way, but the truth is I’m not entirely sure what to make of the results. I wrote in a previous blog post about my concerns that co-regulation would not be present in the sakis’ gestures, and I am now even more certain that the sakis did not gesture in a coregulated manner in the time that I observed them, that being said, I still have some interesting (if head-scratching) results that I will be thinking over the next couple weeks as I write-up an article.

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Finished Filming

Well, it’s done. Not my whole project mind you, but the summer and my data collection. I amassed close to a hundred gigabytes of data. Fifty hours of film of saki monkeys sleeping, eating, grooming, and in a few precious instances gesturing to one another. I’ve coded the film and have about 100 instances of gesture. Quick math says that averages to about two gestures an hour but that’s really deceptive. Most of the gestures occurred in sequence and during compressed periods. Some fifteen minute periods have 10 or more gestures.

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Much Belated Post

Sorry to all for this much belated post. This should give you some updates about my research, for which I am looking into the gestural communications of saki monkeys at the National Zoo in Washington. There were some questions on an earlier posts that I’ll start by answering, and then move on to where my research is at this point.

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What exactly is Coregulation?

I get asked that question whenever I’m explaining my project so here it is for all my blog readers.

If I asked you to list all the communicative acts, it might start out relatively easy. Of course, you would include conversation and writing. Songs, grunts, and grimaces would also go in, and we could agree on a large number of other gestures from O.K signs, to pointing, to blank stares of disinterest. We could even come up with rules to distinguish between acts which are communicative and those that might only appear as such. For instance, we would agree that someone someone bumping into you because they do not see you is non-communicative while someone bumping into you in order to get you to move out their way would be rude, but communicative.

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New Location, New Species

Well, it seems that my project has changed quite a bit since my past post. This is my first serious research project, and while I’ve been assured that such changes are a natural part of the process, I must admit that I still though that more planning on my part from the outset would have let me avoid some the changes. For those who don’t recall my introductory post, I had originally planned to study pygmy marmosets at a local zoo. Not a week after that post, however, I discovered that the local zoo I had planned to do my research at would no longer be displaying the marmosets, and furthermore that no zoo within 300 miles would have pygmy marmosets on display this summer. After an inspired night of panic about these developments, I took some wise advice to wait until after final exams to recalibrate my project in order to have a sane mind while studying and writing papers.

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