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Investigations of rhesus monkey video-task performance: evidence for enrichment
Author and Affiliation:
Washburn, D. A.(Georgia State University, Sonny Carter Life Sciences Laboratory, Atlanta 30303, United States)
Rumbaugh, D. M.
Abstract: We have developed the Language Research Center's Computerized Test System (LRC-CTS) for psychological research. Basically, the LRC-CTS is a battery of software tasks--computerized versions of many of the classic testing paradigms of cognitive and comparative psychology--and the hardware required to administer them. An XT- or 386-compatible computer is connected to a color monitor, onto which computer-generated stimuli are presented. Sound feedback is delivered through an external speaker/amplifier, and a joystick is used as an input device. The animals reach through the mesh of their home cages to manipulate the joystick, which causes isomorphic movements of a cursor on the screen thereby allowing animals to respond according to the varied demands of the tasks. Correct responses are rewarded with a fruit-flavored chow pellet. Using this technology, we have trained and tested rhesus monkeys, a variety of apes, human adults, and normally developing or mentally retarded human children. Other labs using the LRC-CTS are beginning to report encouraging results with other monkey species as well. From this research, a number of interesting and important psychological findings have resulted. In the present paper, however, evidence will be reviewed which suggests that the LRC-CTS is an effective means of providing environmental enrichment to singly housed rhesus monkeys.
Publication Date: Sep 01, 1992
Document ID:
20040090152
(Acquired Sep 07, 2004)
Subject Category: LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication Information: Contemporary topics in laboratory animal science / American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (ISSN 1060-0558); Volume 31; 5; 6-10
Publisher Information: United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: HD-06016; NAG2-438
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field CA United States
Description: In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ANIMALS; BEHAVIOR; COMPUTER PROGRAMS; ENRICHMENT; MONKEYS; COMPUTERS; DIETS; FEMALES; HUMAN PERFORMANCE; MALES; PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS; VIDEO TAPE RECORDERS
Other Descriptors: ANIMAL WELFARE; ENVIRONMENT DESIGN; FEEDING BEHAVIOR/PSYCHOLOGY; LABORATORY ANIMAL SCIENCE/METHODS; SOFTWARE; ANIMALS; COMPUTERS; DIET; FEMALE; MACACA MULATTA; MALE; PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS; SUPPORT, NON-U.S. GOV'T; SUPPORT, U.S. GOV'T, NON-P.H.S; SUPPORT, U.S. GOV'T, P.H.S; TASK PERFORMANCE AND ANALYSIS; VIDEOTAPE RECORDING; NASA DISCIPLINE NUMBER 00-00; NASA DISCIPLINE NUMBER 06-10; NASA DISCIPLINE SPACE HUMAN FACTORS; NON-NASA CENTER
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