Abstract # 25:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 04:40 PM-05:00 PM: Session 8 (Decatur A) Oral Presentation


THE ROLE OF BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS IN CAPTIVE PRIMATE MANAGEMENT: DR. TERRY MAPLE'S INFLUENCE

A. L. Martin1,2
1Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Behavior Management, 954 Gatewood Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA, 2School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
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     The incorporation of behavior analytic principles and technologies into the care of nonhuman primates has greatly enhanced the field of captive primate management. Basic classical and operant technologies such as desensitization and positive reinforcement-based training systems have increased the welfare of captive primates by reducing fear and increasing cooperation with husbandry and veterinary procedures. Beyond these basic technologies, the field of applied behavior analysis offers primatologists a wealth of literature that can be applied toward goals such as increasing the effectiveness of environmental enrichment and evaluating and treating abnormal behaviors in this population. This presentation will outline the still-developing role of behavior analysis in captive primate management, highlighting the significant contributions of Dr. Terry Maple throughout his career. These contributions include training a generation of PhD curators with a strong behavior analytic background, promoting the development of strong research within zoos and laboratories, and advocating for increased collaboration between the fields of applied behavior analysis and primatology.