Effects of freely accessible computerized test systems on the spontaneous behaviors and stress level of Guinea baboons (Papio papio)

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  • Joël Fagot,

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    1. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
    2. Brain and Language Research Institute, Marseille, France
    • Correspondence to: Joël Fagot, Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, CNRS and Aix Marseille University, 3 Place Victor Hugo, Bât 9, Case C, 13331 Marseille cedex 3, France. E-mail: joel.fagot@univ-amu.fr

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  • Julie Gullstrand,

    1. Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
    2. Brain and Language Research Institute, Marseille, France
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  • Caralyn Kemp,

    1. Brain and Language Research Institute, Marseille, France
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  • Céline Defilles,

    1. Center for Research in Neurobiology and Neurophysiology of Marseille, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
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  • Mourad Mekaouche

    1. Center for Research in Neurobiology and Neurophysiology of Marseille, CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France
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  • Conflicts of interest: None.

Abstract

Fagot and Paleressompoulle [Fagot and Paleressompoulle (2009) Behav Res Methods 41: 396–404] described a new automated learning device for monkeys (ALDM) to test the cognitive functions of nonhuman primates within their social groups. However, the impact of the ALDM procedure on animal well-being needs to be investigated. The present study assessed the consequences of ALDM testing on the behavioral repertoire of Guinea baboons (Papio papio) and their stress levels as inferred from measurements of saliva cortisol. Accessibility to ALDM test computers reduced the number of resting periods as well as the number of stereotypies. Lower cortisol levels were also found during ALDM testing. These findings and others demonstrate that ALDM testing has a positive impact on animal well-being and can be considered as a means for behavioral enrichment in captive primates. Am. J. Primatol. 76:56–64, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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