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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The effects of individual cubicle research on the social interactions and individual behavior of brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella)
Authors: Ruby, Suzanne
Buchanan-Smith, Hannah M
Contact Email: h.m.buchanan-smith@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: research testing
social interactions
Cebus
human interactions
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Ruby S & Buchanan-Smith HM (2015) The effects of individual cubicle research on the social interactions and individual behavior of brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella), American Journal of Primatology, 77 (10), pp. 1097-1108.
Abstract: Primates are increasingly being tested individually in purpose-built research centers within zoos. The voluntary nature of research testing indicates that participation is enriching for the primate subjects, but previous studies have generally focused only on stress-related behavior, indicating that the research does not have a negative effect. Few data are available on the effects that individual research may have on social behavior, yet given primates' complex social lives and their responses to how conspecifics are treated, it is important to determine whether individual testing impacts upon their social interactions. The current study compared the social and individual behavior of 11 brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella) between three conditions: (1) directly after undergoing individual testing, (2) a control, and (3) upon returning to the group having voluntarily left. The results indicate that individual and stress-related behaviors were affected very little by individual research testing and that social behaviors increased. However, although affiliative interactions were enhanced, aggressive interactions were also seen to increase in the condition following individual testing compared with the return to group condition. Suggestions for minimizing the negative interactions are given. Provided that these suggestions are taken into account by researchers, our results provide support for developing research centers within zoos given the important findings emerging on our closest living relatives, combined with the potentially positive effects the research has on their welfare.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22326
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22444
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ruby, S. and Buchanan-Smith, H. M. (2015), The effects of individual cubicle research on the social interactions and individual behavior of brown capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). Am. J. Primatol., 77: 1097–1108, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajp.22444/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Affiliation: University of Stirling
Psychology

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