Automated recording of individual performance and hand preference during joystick-task acquisition in group-living bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata)

J Comp Psychol. 1994 Dec;108(4):358-62. doi: 10.1037/0735-7036.108.4.358.


A microchip that provided a unique identification number was injected into each forearm of all 8 members of a bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata) social group. The group was then given computer-controlled joystick tasks of increasing difficulty. The identification number of the arm used on each trial was input into the computer and used to determine individual performance and hand preference in more than 23,000 trials. Three subjects reversed hand preference as task difficulty was increased over time. All subjects exhibited nearly exclusive use of a single hand on the most difficult task; 6 used the right hand, and 2 used the left. Daily patterns of joystick activity for the group members differed somewhat from that of our individually housed monkeys.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Macaca radiata*
  • Male
  • Task Performance and Analysis*