Studies of Rhesus Monkeys and their Behaviors


Alejandra Ibáñez-Contreras and Braulio Hernandez-Godinez (Editors)
Non-Human Primate Unit, Investigación Biomédica Aplicada (INBIOMA) S.A.S. de C.V.

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI070050

Structural and functional organization in living organisms relies on their communication systems, which permanently carry information to the cells within the organism and govern their entire behavior from simple actions to complex behaviors. Rhesus monkeys are one of the animal species most commonly used in biomedical research due to their phylogenetic closeness to humans.

Also, the social structure and behavior found in these monkeys are very similar to those of humans, and this makes them an excellent comparative and evolutionary model of study mainly for their importance in the construction, structure and maintenance of social groups. This book is a compilation of different research works that attempt to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in the expression of characteristic behaviors in the primate order, and the authors hope to unify both the biological and social sciences.



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Sleep Physiology and Behavior in the Rhesus Macaque (pp. 1-38)
(Ignacio Ramírez-Salado and Manuel Alejandro Cruz-Aguilar)

Chapter 2. Chunky Monkey? The Spontaneous Temporal Chunking of Simultaneous Chains by Humans (Homo Sapiens) and Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
(pp. 39-58)
Damian Scarf, Christopher D. Smith, Vikram K. Jaswal, James Magnuson and Herbert Terrace)

Chapter 3. An Ancestral Code for Social Interaction Across Human and Non-Human Primates (pp. 59-78)
(Otto García-Garibay, Alejandra Ibáñez Contreras, Iván Álvarez-Quintana, Jaime Daniel Cadena-Valencia and Edgar Bolaños-Aquino)

Chapter 4. Development and Growth of the Neurobiological Substrate in Rhesus Monkeys: Fundamental Process for the Acquisition and Execution of Social Behaviors (pp. 79-114)
(Alejandra Ibáñez Contreras, Otto García-Garibay, Francisco José Rion-Frigolet, Edgar Bolaños Aquino and Braulio Hernández Godínez)

Chapter 5. Approach-Avoidance in Social Organization and Its Role in Biomedical Research (pp. 115-138)
(María Alejandra Bautista-Rodriguez and Florente López Rodríguez)

Chapter 6. Manual Laterality in Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) (pp. 139-188)
(Alejandra Ibáñez Contreras, Karla Valderrama, Armando Contreras-Uribe, Otto García-Garibay and Braulio Hernández Godínez)

Chapter 7. Observation in Research (pp. 189-216)
María Alejandra Bautista-Rodriguez

About the Authors (pp. 217-220)

Index (pp. 221)


“The Rhesus monkey is one of the most widely studied species by investigations at all levels. From the etiological, behavioral, physiological, pharmacological, and overall biomedical points of view, this species has been very important to generating knowledge. This book represents a great effort made by its editors and authors to gather information that is relevant to anyone interested in Rhesus monkeys, and primates in general. In addition to demonstrating the importance of the Rhesus monkey as a model for scientific study, it presents scientists with an overview of the principle physiological and behavioral characteristics to take into account any time this species is studied. A recommended read, this book maintains a balance between physiology and behavior. It treats the Rhesus monkey as both a biological entity with its own physiological characteristics, and as a social unit, demonstrating its complex social organization.” – Dra. Andrea Herrera-Solís, Investigador en Ciencias Médicas “C”, Hospital General Dr. Manuel Gea González, Subdirección de Investigación Biomédica, Therapeutic effects of cannabinoids

Additional Information

Keywords: Macaca mulatta, Behavior, neuronal generators, ontogeny states, Myelination, corticospinal tract, social interactions, Manual laterality, manual manipulation, sleep, evolution, simultaneous chaining paradigm, comparative cognition, chunking, motor imagery, motor system, primates body language, Social organization.

Audience: Students, specialists in biological areas, professionals in human and animal health, primatologists, veterinarians, Physical anthropologists, psychologists.


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