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Susann Meyer

Untersuchungen zum visuellen Diskriminationslernen von Zwergziegen : Kognitive Leistungen und Auswirkungen kognitiver Herausforderungen auf Verhalten und Physiologie

Universität Rostock, 2012

Abstract: The study investigated the cognitive abilities of Nigerian dwarf goats as well as the impact of different forms of environmental enrichment. It was shown that on the basis of artificial visual symbols, dwarf goats are able to establish open-ended categories. However, based on the results of this experiment, we did not find indications suggesting social learning in dwarf goats. Prolonged structural enrichment positively affected the learning performance of dwarf goats. Both structural and cognitive enrichment improved the behavioural competence of goats in external loading situations.

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