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Behaviour of marmoset monkeys in a T-maze: comparison with rats and macaque monkeys on a spatial delayed non-match to sample task

By Alexander Easton, K. Parker, Andrew M. Derrington and A. Parker

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The marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is a small New World monkey that is increasingly being used in a laboratory setting. A previous set of studies has provided a direct comparison between the performance of rats and macaque monkeys on a spatial delayed non-match to sample task in a T-maze (Murray et al. 1989, Experimental Brain Research 74:173-186; Markowska et al. 1989, Experimental Brain Research 74:187-201). In the current experiment we replicated these studies using the marmoset. This allowed for a comparison of the behavioural performance of the marmoset with both rats and macaque monkeys. Marmosets performed well at the task, performing better than macaques, and at a similar level to rats. A closer analysis of the data from the present experiment suggests that marmosets spontaneously alternated in the T-maze, a strategy often adopted by rats, but not by macaques in the T-maze

Topics: BF
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s00221-003-1409-5
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:4245
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