The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Goats who stare at scientists: human-directed behaviour in livestock

Date: 
Mon, 12/09/2019 - 5:15pm
Meeting point: 
Poppelsdorfer Schloss
Location: 
Lecture hall
Event type: 
Lecture
Event series: 
Colloquium on evolution and biodiversity
Target group: 
Studierende
Lecturer: 
Dr. Christian Nawroth, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Dummerstorf

Cognitive research on non-human animals has been, and will be, a flourishing field but surprisingly few studies have been conducted on farm animals. As a detailed understanding of the perceptive and cognitive abilities of non-human animals is necessary to understand their normal behavioural expressions and to avoid exposing them to mental distress, an approach towards the cognitive capacities of farm animals is crucial for progress in animal welfare related topics.

In this seminar talk, I will address recent advances in goat cognition using modified socio-cognitive test paradigms that have been previously used in comparative psychological research in canids and primates. Next to extending species range in comparative research, studies on the cognitive capacities of farm animals have the potential to build a bridge between applied ethology and comparative psychology.

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-241
+49 228 9122-295
h.waegele [at] leibniz-zfmk.de

Colloquium on biology

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
 
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Place: Great lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Time: mondays, 17.15 h

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