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Behavior and Neuroscience Division

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The goal of this Division is to investigate behavioral and physiological aspects of development, aging, comparative cognition, reproduction, and coping mechanisms for stress. The longitudinal approach to studying behavior in Cayo Santiago rhesus macaque population maximizes the use of the primate resources by combining a) field observations of social and cognitive behaviors; b) state-of-the-art techniques for the generation of physiological, immunological, neurological, and neuroendocrinological data; and c) genealogical and genetic information. The studies conducted under this Division seek to reveal the determinants of differences in behavior and to develop animal models that can be used for studies of human behavioral conditions.