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Primates

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 520-532

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

  • Mary Joan WillardAffiliated withTufts Primate Project
  • , Karen DanaAffiliated withTufts Primate Project
  • , Lori StarkAffiliated withTufts Primate Project
  • , Jayne OwenAffiliated withTufts Primate Project
  • , Judi ZazulaAffiliated withTufts Primate Project
  • , Paul CorcoranAffiliated withTufts Primate Project

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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.