Habituation and Training

MRC Centre for Macaques Habituation and Training

Animals that are to spend time in the laboratory need to be able to relate well to humans.

To this end, a great deal of time is spent interacting with the animals. Small food rewards are a part of the habituation and early training process. The use of reward to encourage animals to behave in a desired way is known as positive reinforcement training. Teaching the animals to move to specific locations within the enclosure at the direction of a researchers technician is the first training objective.

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