Abstract # 13470 Event # 207:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2019 01:50 PM-02:15 PM: (Room 325/326) Symposium


PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING OF CAPTIVE MACAQUES: IMPROVING BEHAVIOR

M. A. Novak
Univ. of Massachusetts, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Amherst, MA 01003-9271, USA
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     The focus on a new legal standard, promoting the psychological well-being of captive nonhuman primates (Animal Welfare Act, 1991) has served research scientists well both in terms of developing more complex laboratory environments and improving captive macaque behavior. Our research is concerned with understanding why a very small percentage of rhesus monkeys housed in research facilities develops abnormal behavior or other conditions (excessive hair loss). This is detective work in the same way that doctors have to figure out why humans develop some symptoms and what those symptoms mean. Ultimately, the goals are 1) to identify the factors that underlie or are correlated with these abnormal conditions, 2) to develop appropriate therapeutic interventions and more importantly, 3) to establish effective prevention programs. This presentation will examine the progress to date in these areas and will provide some challenges and novel ideas for possible implementation in the future.