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Cognitive Bias in Zoo Animals: An Optimistic Outlook for Welfare Assessment

By Katie Osborn, Isabella L. K. Clegg

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Abstract

Cognitive bias testing has emerged as one of the most valid tools in measuring animals’ affective states, and while it has been extensively applied in farm and laboratory settings, only a few studies have taken place in zoos and aquaria. This review evaluates past cognitive bias studies on non-domesticated, “exotic” species kept in zoos or other settings and uses their experiences to make recommendations for establishing this research in zoos. The many variables inherent to functioning zoo environments will determine the scope and design of cognitive bias studies, but equally future efforts should be cognizant of the significant and unique benefits for the animals, managers, and scientists involved.

Publication Title Animals
Volume 8
Issue 7
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8070104
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/8/7/104
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  • Katie Osborn; Isabella L. K. Clegg (2018), "Cognitive Bias in Zoo Animals: An Optimistic Outlook for Welfare Assessment," http://habricentral.org/resources/62988.

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  1. Affective states
  2. animal-based measures
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animal welfare
  5. open access
  6. Zoo and captive wild animals
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  1. open access
  2. peer-reviewed