Training a capuchin (Cebus apella) to perform as an aide for a quadriplegic
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- Willard, M.J., Dana, K., Stark, L. et al. Primates (1982) 23: 520. doi:10.1007/BF02373963
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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.