, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 520-532

Training a capuchin (Cebus apella) to perform as an aide for a quadriplegic

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Abstract

Initial results of a small pilot project indicate thatCebus monkeys have the potential to serve as animal aides for quadriplegics. During the course of the pilot project the investigators developed a set of procedures for teaching aCebus monkey a variety of helping skills. Given a description of those procedures, a college student with no prior animal training experience was able to teach a naiveCebus apella nine different complex behaviors in 25.5 hr of training over a period of two months.

This research was funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and by the National Science Foundation Grant No. PFR-800, 1936.