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  1. ISAE international congresses, 1999-2001. (International Society for Applied Ethology Special Issue)

    Contributor(s):: Widowski, T., Mench, J.

    This special issue of Applied Animal Behaviour Science contains topics on the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) congress. The 8 topics include (1) human-animal interactions in livestock production; (2) applied and basic research in farm animal welfare; (3) transferring the results...

  2. Performing under pressure: stress and cognitive function

    Contributor(s):: Mendl, M.

  3. Veterinary behavioural medicine. Selected papers presented at the 5th Biennial International Conference on Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 14-16 July 2005

    Contributor(s):: Mills, D., Landsberg, G.

    This issue contains papers on normal behaviour and behavioural problems of dogs and approaches on how to manage these problems, including training and drug therapy.

  4. From Darwin to Dawkins: the science and implications of animal sentience. Papers from the Compassion in World Farming Trust International Conference, London, UK, 17-18 March 2005

    | Contributor(s):: Webster, J.

    This special issue contains 14 papers addressing the nature of animal sentience and suffering as experienced by the animals themselves and how practitioners in the field can incorporate this understanding to ensure the proper treatment of animals. The simplest definition of animal sentience is...

  5. Cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots

    | Contributor(s):: Pepperberg, I. M.

    This paper presents results of almost 30 years of study of the cognitive and communicative activities of Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), conventionally regarded as mindless mimics. These studies have demonstrated that Grey parrots can solve various cognitive tasks and acquire and use English...

  6. Cognitive enrichment affects behavioural reactivity in domestic pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Puppe, B., Ernst, K., Schon, P. C., Manteuffel, G.

    Cognitive challenges presented in connexion with the foraging behaviour of animals may have the potential to enrich the housing environment of captive animals, and thus can have beneficial effects on their behaviour and welfare. Therefore, we have developed a food-rewarded learning system based...

  7. A complex automatic feeding system for pigs aimed to induce successful behavioural coping by cognitive adaptation

    | Contributor(s):: Ernst, K., Puppe, B., Schon, P. C., Manteuffel, G.

    In modern intensive husbandry systems there is an increasing tendency for animals to interact with technical equipment. If the animal-technology interface is well-designed this may improve animal welfare by offering challenges for cognitive adaptation. Here a system and its application is...

  8. Group size and cognitive processes. (Special issue: Too many, too few: the effects of group size and density in captive animals.)

    | Contributor(s):: Croney, C. C., Newberry, R. C.

    Animal group sizes may exert important effects on various cognitive mechanisms. Group size is believed to exert pressures on fundamental brain structures that correlate with the increased social demands placed on animals living in relatively large, complex and dynamic social organizations. There...

  9. A neuropsychological and evolutionary approach to animal consciousness and animal suffering

    | Contributor(s):: Bermond, B.

  10. Animal memory and animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Mendl, M., Burman, O., Laughlin, K., Paul, E.

  11. Anticipation and memory as criteria for special welfare consideration

    | Contributor(s):: Lea, S. E. G.

  12. Attentional shifts alter pain perception in the chicken

    | Contributor(s):: Gentle, M. J.

  13. Brain measures which tell us about animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Broom, D. M., Zanella, A. J.

    Studies of the brain inform us about the cognitive abilities of animals and hence, affect the extent to which animals of that species are respected. However, they can also tell us how an individual is likely to be perceiving, attending to, evaluating, coping with, enjoying, or disturbed by its...

  14. Cognitive and communicative capacities of Grey parrots - implications for the enrichment of many species

    | Contributor(s):: Pepperberg, I. M.

    Much of my research has been devoted in determining the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), but other companion animals and those in zoos also have considerable capacities that are often under-utilized in such settings. Many such animals are left to their...

  15. The effect of environmental enrichment on learning in pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Sneddon, I. A., Beattie, V. E., Dunne, L., Neil, W.

    This study examined the effects of enriching the environment on the learning abilities of growing pigs. 84 pigs were housed in either barren or enriched environments from birth to 14 weeks. The barren environments were defined as intensive housing and the enriched environments incorporated extra...