Can Interacting with Animals Improve Executive Functions? A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Tepper, D., Shnookal, J., Howell, T., Bennett, P.
There has been growing interest in the potential benefits of using human-animal interactions to improve executive functions: cognitive processes that allow individuals to plan, solve problems, and self-regulate behaviour. To date, no comprehensive review has been conducted. The purpose of this...
Can animal personalities save human lives? Evidence for repeatable differences in activity and anxiety in African giant pouched rats (Cricetomys ansorgei)
| Contributor(s):: Vanden Broecke, Bram, Abraham, Laura, Webb, E. Kate, Schneider, Miriam, Fast, Cynthia D.
Effects of rearing with vertical structures on the ontogeny of depth perception in laying hens
| Contributor(s):: Jones, Claire T., Pullin, Allison N., Blatchford, Richard A., Makagon, Maja M., Horback, Kristina
This is the way: The effect of artificial cues on early life ramp use behaviour of laying hen chicks
| Contributor(s):: Johny, Alex, Guggisberg, Dominik, Toscano, Michael Jeffery, Stratmann, Ariane
Speciesism and Preference of Human-Artificial Intelligence Interaction: A Study on Medical Artificial Intelligence
| Contributor(s):: Huo, Weiwei, Zhang, Zihan, Qu, Jingjing, Yan, Jiaqi, Yan, Siyuan, Yan, Jinyi, Shi, Bowen
Effects of the rearing environment complexity on laying hens’ spatial cognition: A holeboard test approach
| Contributor(s):: Dumontier, Lucille, Janczak, Andrew M., Smulders, Tom V., Nordgreen, Janicke
Applied cognition research to improve sheep welfare
| Contributor(s):: Kristina Horback
If a change is going to occur in the care and management of domestic sheep, there needs to be a collaborative effort across many disciplines. This review by Marino & Merskin of the literature on cognitive processing in domestic sheep is limited by the inherent bias of the authors, including...
Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Non-Human Drawings: A First Step with Orangutan Productions
| Contributor(s):: Beltzung, Benjamin, Pelé, Marie, Renoult, Julien P., Shimada, Masaki, Sueur, Cédric
Drawings have been widely used as a window to the mind; as such, they can reveal some aspects of the cognitive and emotional worlds of other animals that can produce them. The study of non-human drawings, however, is limited by human perception, which can bias the methodology and interpretation...
Habit Formation and the Effect of Repeated Stress Exposures on Cognitive Flexibility Learning in Horses
| Contributor(s):: Henshall, Cathrynne, Randle, Hayley, Francis, Nidhish, Freire, Rafael
Horse training exposes horses to an array of cognitive and ethological challenges. Horses are routinely required to perform behaviours that are not aligned to aspects of their ethology, which may delay learning. While horses readily form habits during training, not all of these responses are...
Looking beyond the Shoal: Fish Welfare as an Individual Attribute
| Contributor(s):: Torgerson-White, Lauri, Sánchez-Suárez, Walter
Welfare is an individual attribute. In general, providing captive nonhuman animals with conditions conducive to good welfare is an idea more easily applied when dealing with few individuals. However, this becomes much harder—if not impossible—under farming conditions that may imply high numbers...
Horses Failed to Learn from Humans by Observation
| Contributor(s):: Maria Vilain Rørvang, Tina Bach Nielsen, Janne Winther Christensen
Animals can acquire new behavior through both individual and social learning. Several studies have investigated horses’ ability to utilize inter-species (human demonstrator) social learning with conflicting results. In this study, we repeat a previous study, which found that horses had...
Effects of on-farm hatching on short term stress indicators, weight gain, and cognitive ability in layer chicks
| Contributor(s):: Witjes, Vivian L., Bruckmaier, Rupert M., Gebhardt-Henrich, Sabine G., Toscano, Michael J.
Can dog-assisted and relaxation interventions boost spatial ability in children with and without special educational needs? A longitudinal, randomized controlled trial
| Contributor(s):: Brelsford, V. L., Dimolareva, M., Rowan, E., Gee, N. R., Meints, K.
Children's spatial cognition abilities are a vital part of their learning and cognitive development, and important for their problem-solving capabilities, the development of mathematical skills and progress in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) topics. As many children have...
Assessing the Effects of a Cognition-Based Education Program on Attitudes of Villagers Toward Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in Conflict-Prone Areas
| Contributor(s):: Makecha, Radhika N., Phalke, Sagarika, Nakai, Yoshie
The Effects of Pet Dog-Assisted Activities on Self-Esteem, Depression and Cognitive Function among Elderly People
| Contributor(s):: Esther Shin, Sung-Kook Lee
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of pet dog-assisted activities on self-esteem, depression and cognitive function of elderly people Method: The experimental group(pet dog-assisted group) consisted of 22 people over 65 years old out of about 90 elderly people...
Assessing the Psychological Priorities for Optimising Captive Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) Welfare
| Contributor(s):: Jake Stuart Veasey
The welfare status of elephants under human care has been a contentious issue for two decades or more in numerous western countries. Much effort has gone into assessing the welfare of captive elephants at individual and population levels with little consensus having been achieved in relation to...
Hippotherapy in neurodevelopmental disorders: a narrative review focusing on cognitive and behavioral outcomes
| Contributor(s):: Maresca, G., Portaro, S., Naro, A., Crisafulli, R., Raffa, A., Scarcella, I., Aliberti, B., Gemelli, G., Calabrò, R. S.
Shared Identity of Horses and Men in Oromia, Ethiopia
| Contributor(s):: Baynes-Rock, Marcus, Teressa, Tigist
Effects of physical enrichment and pair housing before weaning on growth, behaviour and cognitive ability of calves after weaning and regrouping
| Contributor(s):: Zhang, Chenyu, Juniper, Darren T., Meagher, Rebecca K.
Housing unweaned calves individually in barren environments negatively affects their growth, cognitive ability, and adaptability to environmental changes in later life. Social housing has been shown to improve those aspects, whereas physical environmental enrichment has rarely been studied in...
Music for animal welfare: A critical review & conceptual framework
| Contributor(s):: Kriengwatana, Buddhamas P., Mott, Richard, ten Cate, Carel
Music can have powerful effects on human health and wellbeing. These findings have inspired an emerging field of research that focuses on the potential of music for animal welfare, with most studies investigating whether music can enhance overall wellbeing. However, this sole focus on discovering...