Behaviour Management and Training of
Laboratory non-human Primates and Large
Laboratory Animals (CA15131)

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Journal Clubs

The web-based PRIMTRAIN Journal Clubs aim at disseminating selected relevant literature to the PRIMTRAIN consortium and other interested stakeholders.

Journal Club the 23rd May 2018 from 04:00 to 05:00 pm (GMT+1):
Emily Bethell et al.: Cognitive bias to assess psychological wellbeing in non-humans primates. How can we move from theory to practice? (doi: 10.7120/09627286.21.2.185)
During this webinar Emily talked through the traditional cognitive bias method developed to measure 'optimism' and 'pessimism' in nonhuman primates (Bethell et al. 2012). A challenge facing welfare scientists is how to apply what we learn from experiments to develop tools that can be used in real world settings. She discussed the pros and cons of the cognitive bias methodology for application in primate facilities and identified future directions.
Emily Bethell is a Senior Lecturer in Primate Behaviour at the Liverpool John Moores University ( and she is working on the study of animal emotions and cognition since 1997.
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The first Journal Club took place 1st of November 2016 at the PRIMTRAIN Opening Conference in Göttingen. Karolina Westlund presented her article on "Training pair-housed Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) using a combination of negative and positive reinforcement" in Behavioural Processes 113 · December 2014 (DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.12.008).