Abstract # 13112 Event # 29:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2018 11:30 AM-11:45 AM: (Chula Vista ) Oral Presentation


CAYO SANTIAGO AS A LONG-TERM SITE FOR BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE RESEARCH AND EFFORTS TO PRESERVE IT

A. M. Arre and L. R. Santos
Yale University, Department of Psychology, 2 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA
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     Eighty years ago, Clarence Ray Carpenter revolutionized the way we study primate social behavior when he released almost 400 rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) on a Puerto Rican island. Since then, scientists have profited from studying the behavior, cognition, and genetics of the monkeys at Cayo Santiago. Here, we present an overview of some of the most significant cognitive research that has come from this population (Rawlins & Kessler 1986; Drayton & Santos 2014). Additionally, we will cover the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, and what they mean for this type of cognitive data collection moving forward. Finally, we would like to highlight the ongoing rebuilding efforts of the staff and researchers both on Cayo Santiago and in the surrounding area of Punta Santiago more generally.