Primates

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 520–532

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

  • Mary Joan Willard
  • Karen Dana
  • Lori Stark
  • Jayne Owen
  • Judi Zazula
  • Paul Corcoran
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02373963

Cite this article as:
Willard, M.J., Dana, K., Stark, L. et al. Primates (1982) 23: 520. doi:10.1007/BF02373963

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.

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Joan Willard
    • 1
  • Karen Dana
    • 1
  • Lori Stark
    • 1
  • Jayne Owen
    • 1
  • Judi Zazula
    • 1
  • Paul Corcoran
    • 1
  1. 1.Tufts Primate ProjectUSA
  2. 2.Animal InstituteAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronx, New YorkU.S.A.
  3. 3.Chestnut HillU.S.A.
  4. 4.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of West VirginiaMorgantownU.S.A.
  5. 5.Neuropsychology DepartmentTufts New England Medical CenterBostonU.S.A.
  6. 6.Rehabilitation MedicineTufts New England Medical CenterBostonU.S.A.
  7. 7.Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Rehabilitation MedicineBostonU.S.A.