Special Issue "Processing of environmental stimuli and farm animal welfare"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 4828
Interests: emotions; behavioural lateralization; acoustic communication; farm animal welfare; pigs; cattle; automatic welfare assessment
Although farm animals live in very different environments compared to their natural ancestors, their living conditions are no less diverse or complex, with humans acting both as predators and caretakers, a variety of social challenges (from isolation to regrouping and overcrowding) and regular confrontation with new environments. These environmental stimuli challenge farm animals both cognitively and emotionally. Investigating how farm animals perceive their environment and specifically how they process and evaluate environmental stimuli helps us understand the animal’s point of view. This is an important step towards assessing modern housing environments and the impact they have on farm animal welfare. It can ultimately lead to improvements in farm animal housing and management for better welfare. This Special Issue is therefore dedicated to articles (original research papers or reviews) that increase our knowledge of farm animals’ emotional and cognitive evaluation of environmental stimuli in different farming contexts. We aim to highlight research that clarifies how the influences of animal housing and management on animal welfare are mediated, using established or novel indicators of affective processing of environmental, biotic or abiotic stimuli, e.g., behavioural lateralisation or cognitive bias.
Dr. Lisette M.C. Leliveld
Dr. Sandra Düpjan
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- cognitive processing
- animal behaviour
- farm animal welfare
- cerebral lateralisation
- cognitive bias