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Brooks Air Force Base, TX

Protocol - 2003-03 - Training Program: Primate Equilibrium Platform

 

Title:

Training Program: Primate Equilibrium Platform (PEP) Training for Rhesus Macaques

 

Research Category:

N1: Physical Protection

 

FY: 2003 Funding (in dollars):

28,000

 

Responsible Organization:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB/BROOKS

Primary Contact:

Public Affairs Office

City:

Brooks City-Base

State:

TX

Zip:

78235-5116

 

Performing Organization:

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Keywords:

LABORATORY ANIMALS DIRECTED ENGERGY SYSTEMS ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS OPERANT CONDITIONING MOTOR COORDINATION

 

Objective:

Provide maintenance and on-going training of a group of Rhesus Macaques that have been highly-trained on the Primate Equilibrium Platform (PEP) task. This training serves to maintain the level of proficiency and fidelity on the PEP task so that these animals are able to be incorporated in other protocols requiring trained animals as needed.

 

Approach:

Maintain the level of training and fidelity on the PEP task so that these animals are able to be incorporated in other protocols as needed. Animals are selected and trained in various tasks involving the PEP (all aimed at the animal's ability to maintain the platform in a level plane through manipulation of a joy stick). Training begins everyday for 20 to 30 minutes and progresses to up to one hour each session with 2 to 3 sessions per week.

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Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals used at research facilities are not even counted.

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