Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
Primate Biol., 2, 119–132, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-119-2015
Primate Biol., 2, 119–132, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-2-119-2015

Forum article 21 Dec 2015

Forum article | 21 Dec 2015

Training laboratory primates – benefits and techniques

K. Westlund

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The benefits of training laboratory primates include improved welfare, facilitated husbandry, quality of data, and human/animal relationships. Refined ways of using negative reinforcement are discussed, as well as target training and management perspectives on primate training. Several approaches to managing fear are described: systematic desensitization/counter conditioning (SD/CC) versus combined reinforcement training (NPRT).