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Video preference assessment and behavioral management of single-caged Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) by movie presentation

By T. Ogura, T. Matsuzawa

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Movie presentation can act as an enrichment technique for nonhuman primates, who also show preferences for certain contents. This study investigated the video preferences and effects of movies on behavioral abnormalities in single-caged Japanese macaques. When movie rewards were provided for subjects' touch responses, the subjects maintained the touch responses during 40 2-hr sessions. Although repeated presentation of 1 stimulus set decreased the subject's touch response, changing the stimulus set led to recovery of this response. The subjects showed clear preferences, consistent across 2 different stimulus sets, for movies showing humans or animation (61.1% of total duration). Subjects consistently played movies both with and without their preferred content. The availability of a variety of contents might be important for attracting subjects' interest. The frequency with which monkeys engaged in abnormal behaviors decreased in the experimental (20.9%) and the postexperimental (25.6%) periods compared with the preexperimental period (33.5%). Movie presentations could keep attracting the interest of single-caged monkeys in their visual environment, ameliorating their behavioral abnormalities for some time. In summary, social experience during infancy might influence Japanese macaques' movie preferences.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 15
Issue 2
Pages 101-112
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2012.624887
Language English
Author Address Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, 41 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi, 484-8506,
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Effect
  6. Enrichment
  7. Human diseases and injuries
  8. Humans
  9. Macaques
  10. Mammals
  11. Men
  12. Monkeys
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Primates
  15. Techniques
  16. vertebrates
  17. Zoo and captive wild animals
  1. peer-reviewed