Carl J. Erickson, Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences
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|Office Location:|| 242 Soc Psych, Durham, NC 27708|
|Office Phone:|| (919) 660-5673 |
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|Postdoctoral Fellow (1965-1966)||University of Groningen, The Netherlands||1966|
|No degree||Harvard University||1961|
|Fitchburg, Massachusetts Public Schools|
- Research Interests: Animal Behavior
The aye-aye is one of the world's most endangered animals Its unusual foraging behavior presents a provocative challenge to those interested in the evolution, development and sensory-motor coordination of complex behavior as well as to those concerned wi th the captive breeding of endangered species. The aye-aye hunts for woodboring insect larvae by tapping its middle finger on the surface of dead trees. When a cavity is detected, it uses its razor-sharp incisors to gnaw away the wood. Our studies have focused on the aye-aye's capacity to form representations of the subsurface cavities and to exploit them most efficiently. Because of our successful breeding program, Duke has the largest colony of captive-bred aye-ayes in the world. This program has allowed us a unique opportunity to study the early development of the aye-aye's complex behavior patterns. Ultimately, this research is critical to the reintroduction of this species to protected areas of Madagascar.
- Recent Publications
- Erickson, CJ (1998).
Cues for prey location by aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis). Folia primatologica; international journal of primatology, 69, 35-40. [Gateway.cgi]
- Erickson, CJ; Nowicki, S; Dollar, L; Goehring, N (1998).
Percussive foraging: Stimuli for prey location by aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis). International Journal of Primatology, 19(1), 111-122. [abs]
- Erickson, C; Nowicki, S; Dollar, L; Goehring, N (1998). Percussive Foraging: Stimuli for Prey Location by Aye-Ayes. (Daubentonia madagascariensis) International Journal of Primatology, 19, 111-122.
- Erickson, C (1998). Cues for Prey Location by Aye-Aye. Daubentonia Madagascariensis, Folia Pimatologica, 69 (suppl), 35-40.
- ERICKSON, C (1995). SOCIOPATHY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY - BIOLOGICAL UNITS AND BEHAVIORAL UNITS. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 18(3), 555-555. (A commentary on L. Mealey's "The
Sociobiology of Sociopathy: An Integrated
Evolutionary Model"). [Gateway.cgi]