Task preparation in macaque monkeys (Macaca mulatta)

Gijsbert Stoet, Lawrence H. Snyder

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We investigated whether macaque monkeys possess the ability to prepare abstract tasks in advance. We trained two monkeys to use different stimulus-response (S-R) mappings. On each trial, monkeys were first informed with a visual cue which of two S-R mapping to use. Following a delay, a visual target was presented to which they would respond with a left or right button-press. We manipulated delay time between cue and target and found that performance was faster and more accurate with longer delays, suggesting that monkeys used the delay time to prepare each task in advance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-130
Number of pages10
JournalAnimal Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003


  • Sensory-motor transformation
  • Stimulus-response mapping
  • Task switching


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