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dc.contributor.authorMartin, Allison L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-22T15:57:00Z
dc.date.available2009-01-22T15:57:00Z
dc.date.issued2008-11-10en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/26687
dc.description.abstractFunctional analysis techniques traditionally used in the assessment of problem behaviors in humans were used to identify the reinforcing consequences for undesirable, human-directed behaviors such as feces throwing and spitting in two captive adult chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). The first subject's problem behaviors were maintained by both positive and negative reinforcement contingencies, with rates being highest when the display of inappropriate behaviors resulted in access to social attention and juice. The implementation of a function-based treatment plan combining functional communication training with extinction resulted in a 90% reduction in the chimpanzee's inappropriate behaviors. No function was identified for the second subject's inappropriate behaviors. This project represents one of the first attempts to apply these function-based behavioral techniques to a non-human subject.en_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectPrimateen_US
dc.subjectBehavior analysisen_US
dc.subjectAggressive displayen_US
dc.subject.lcshChimpanzees
dc.subject.lcshSocial psychology
dc.subject.lcshActing out (Psychology)
dc.titleFunctional analysis and treatment of human-directed undesirable behaviors in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.S.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.description.advisorCommittee Chair: Maple, Terry L.; Committee Member: Bloomsmith, Mollie A.; Committee Member: Kelley, Michael E.; Committee Member: Marr, M. Jacksonen_US


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