This special issue illustrates benefits to animals from positive reinforcement training (PRT) and--depending on the setting--to scientists, animal care staff, veterinarians, and in the case of the zoo, the visiting public. One important theme throughout is that training is a joint venture between human and nonhuman primate and can lead to a closer, richer relationship between the two. In summary, the editors hope this issue encourages further and wider application of PRT to primate management, care, and use, as well as aid those working with animals in applying PRT safely and effectively.
Volume 6, Number 3, 2003. Contents: INTRODUCTION: M.J. Prescott, H.M. Buchanan-Smith, Training Nonhuman Primates Using Positive Reinforcement Techniques. ARTICLES: G.E. Laule, M.A. Bloomsmith, S.J. Schapiro, The Use of Positive Reinforcement Training Techniques to Enhance the Care, Management, and Welfare of Primates in the Laboratory. S.J. Schapiro, M.A. Bloomsmith, G.E. Laule, Positive Reinforcement Training as a Technique to Alter Nonhuman Primate Behavior: Quantitative Assessment of Effectiveness. V. Reinhardt, Working With Rather Than Against Macaques During Blood Collection. L. Scott, P. Pearce, S. Fairhall, N. Muggleton, J. Smith, Training Nonhuman Primates to Cooperate With Scientific Procedures in Applied Biomedical Research. J. McKinley, H.M. Buchanan-Smith, L. Bassett, K. Morris, Training Common Marmosets (Callithrix Jacchus) to Cooperate During Routine Laboratory Procedures: Ease of Training and Time Investment. L. Bassett, H.M. Buchanan-Smith, J. McKinley, T.E. Smith, Effects of Training on Stress-Related Behavior of the Common Marmoset (Callithrix Jacchus) in Relation to Coping With Routine Husbandry Procedures. H. Colahan, C. Breder, J. Ogden, Primate Training at Disney's Animal Kingdom. G. Savastano, A. Hanson, C. McCann, The Development of an Operant Conditioning Program for New World Primates at the Bronx Zoo.