Brain Byte

Non-Human Primates

  • Published5 Nov 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Although they comprise a tiny fraction of research animals, non-human primates are an essential part of neuroscience research.

Brain Bytes showcase essential facts about neuroscience.

Non-human primates brain byte
Design A.Tong

Design by Adrienne Tong.

Image "Portrait of two beautiful macaque monkeys" by Wild.



Friedman, H., Ator, N., Haigwood, N., Newsome, W., Allen, J. S., Golos, T. G., . . . Bianchi, P. (2017). The Critical Role of Nonhuman Primates in Medical Research. Pathogens and Immunity, 2(3), 352. doi:10.20411/pai.v2i3.186

Roelfsema, P., & Treue, S. (2014). Basic Neuroscience Research with Nonhuman Primates: A Small but Indispensable Component of Biomedical Research. Neuron, 82(6), 1200-1204. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.06.003

Neuroscience in the News

Check out the latest news from the field.

Read More

BrainFacts Book

Download a copy of the newest edition of the book, Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System.


Core Concepts

A beginner's guide to the brain and nervous system.