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Determination of sheep learning responses to a directional audio cue

By J. E. Morris, A. D. Fisher, R. E. Doyle, R. D. Bush

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There are scientific opinions that a nonhuman animal cannot feel emotions, and, hence, positive experiences, without being cognitive. Therefore, determining an animal's cognitive capacity can be useful in supporting the existence of emotions. Research shows that sheep can perform tasks based on olfactory and visual stimuli; however, little research exists on determining the ability of sheep to perform such tasks based on auditory cues. This study demonstrates that sheep can perform a discriminant, operant task based on a visual cue (p

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 13
Issue 4
Pages 347-360
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888705.2010.507126
Language English
Author Address CSIRO Livestock Industries, Armidale, Australia.jmor2791@uni.sydney.edu.au
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  1. Analysis
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Bovidae
  6. Estimation
  7. Mammals
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Research
  10. Ruminants
  11. Sheep
  12. Studies
  13. ungulates
  14. vertebrates
  15. Wool producing animals
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