Abstract # 2329 Event # 5:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:00 AM-10:15 AM: Session 1 (Meeting Room 2DEF) Symposium


A MULTIPLE-COHORT, LONGITUDINAL, SOCIAL BEHAVIOR DATA SET FOR HUSBANDRY, HEALTH, AND SCIENTIFIC USAGE

G. Sackett
University of Washington, National Primate Research Center, Seattle, Washington 98185, USA
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     A digital observational coding system for quantifying the social behavior development of macaque (Macaca nemestrina, M. fascicularis, M. mulatta) and baboon infants has been used in our Infant Primate Research Laboratory (IPRL) since 1970. All neonates and infants housed in the IPRL receive playroom socialization experience for at least 30 minutes each week day as part of standard husbandry procedures. This has yielded a population data base of over 1200 M. nemestrina, with about 350 normally developing nonexperimental and 350 experimental individuals. The remainder include naturally occurring at-risk infants (premature, low birth weight, rejected or injured in social groups) and abnormally developing experimental animals. In addition to describing the coding system, examples of its uses in assessing effects of husbandry changes, as outcome measures in experimental studies and as normative data to compare against experimental treatments, will be presented. Two major validity issues regarding the use of such data as normative values - cohort effects and coding changes and additions - will also be discussed. Supported by NCRR RR00166 and NICHHD 02274.