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Perceived control in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta): enhanced video-task performance.
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PMID:  2045768     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This investigation was designed to determine whether perceived control effects found in humans extend to rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) tested in a video-task format, using a computer-generated menu program, SELECT. Choosing one of the options in SELECT resulted in presentation of 5 trials of a corresponding task and subsequent return to the menu. In Experiments 1-3, the animals exhibited stable, meaningful response patterns in this task (i.e., they made choices). In Experiment 4, performance on tasks that were selected by the animals significantly exceeded performance on identical tasks when assigned by the experimenter under comparable conditions (e.g., time of day, order, variety). The reliable and significant advantage for performance on selected tasks, typically found in humans, suggests that rhesus monkeys were able to perceive the availability of choices.
D A Washburn; W D Hopkins; D M Rumbaugh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0097-7403     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process     Publication Date:  1991 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-07-18     Completed Date:  1991-07-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7504289     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Anim Behav Process     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-9     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta 30303.
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MeSH Terms
Appetitive Behavior
Choice Behavior
Internal-External Control*
Macaca mulatta
Mental Recall
Motion Perception
Paired-Associate Learning
Pattern Recognition, Visual
Psychomotor Performance*
Pursuit, Smooth
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