Abstract # 111:

Scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 10:00 AM-12:15 PM: Session 13 (San Geronimo Ballroom C) Symposium


SYMPOSIUM - QUANTITATIVE STUDIES ASSESSING POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING FOR NONHUMAN PRIMATES

M. Bloomsmith
Yerkes National Primate Research Center, 954 Gatewood Road, Atlanta , GA 30329, USA
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     Positive reinforcement training (PRT) is becoming a more prevalent method for working with captive nonhuman primates living in laboratories, zoos, and sanctuaries. This training approach relies on teaching animals to cooperate with needed veterinary, husbandry or research-related procedures, and participation by the animals is voluntary. PRT has been shown to alter behavior and some physiological parameters that may be evidence of improved welfare, but many aspects of PRT have not yet been objectively evaluated. This symposium will focus on results of studies that quantitatively assess various aspects of PRT, to further determine the capacities and the limitations of PRT when working with captive primates. Descriptions of the training time required for biological sample collection, for training monkeys to tolerate restraint, and for shift training will be given. The topic of the transfer of training among multiple staff members will be discussed, as will understanding long-term compliance and anticipating when performance decrements are likely to occur. Approaches to increase the efficiency of PRT will be reviewed including temperament testing, comparing personality effects on PRT and negative reinforcement-based training, and through the use of preference testing methods. This symposium is sponsored by ASP’s Primate Care Committee and by the Behavioral Management Consortium of the National Primate Research Centers. Speakers are Mollie Bloomsmith, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Rachel Haller, Kris Coleman, Darcy Hannibal, Jaine Perlman, and Peter Pierre.