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Katrin Ernst

Erfolgreiche Bewältigung kognitiver Herausforderungen und ihre Konsequenzen auf ethologische und physiologische Parameter bei Schweinen (Sus scrofa domestika)

Universität Rostock, 2008

Abstract: Modern intensive husbandry systems have an increasing tendency for animals to interact with technical equipment. The cognitive challenges resulting out of this must be mastered successfully. They offer the potential of successful coping as a resource for positive feelings to be of use to release improved psychic and physical conditions in animals, which are a basis for health and well-being. In order to achieve this goal a computer-controlled feeding system was developed where individual pigs out of group were food-rewarded by a complex acoustic and operant conditioning paradigm. The effects were examined for ethological and physiological parameters.

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