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The Relationship Between Temperament and Adult Behavior in NHPs

16 November 2010


Despite what we know about temperament among humans and other apes, there is a paucity of research exploring the stable long-term behavior of snow macaques from childhood to maturity. Given the Oregon National Primate Research Center houses the largest and oldest, captive snow monkey colony in the world, the OPRNC provides an ideal population to answer this question. The goal of this project was to explore the possible connection between temperament (measured early in life) and adult behavior in a troop of Japanese macaques. . Even though the study yielded results inconsistent with predicted trends, it yielded behaviors of key interest. Primatologists should examine these behaviors with a larger population, in order to make more meaningful conclusions regarding the relationship between temperament and behavior.


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