Studying primate cognition in a social setting to improve validity and welfare: a literature review highlighting successful approaches
OPEN PeerJ | 10 Aug 2017
KA Cronin, SL Jacobson, KE Bonnie and LM Hopper
Studying animal cognition in a social setting is associated with practical and statistical challenges. However, conducting cognitive research without disturbing species-typical social groups can increase ecological validity, minimize distress, and improve animal welfare. Here, we review the existing literature on cognitive research run with primates in a social setting in order to determine how widespread such testing is and highlight approaches that may guide future research planning.
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