Ear and tail postures as indicators of emotional valence in sheep

To date, most studies on animal emotions have focused on the assessment of negative emotional states, and there is a lack of approaches to characterising positive emotional states. The aim of this investigation was to measure differences in ear and tail postures in sheep exposed to situations likely to induce states of negative, intermediate and […]

Investigations on Training, Recall and Reversal Learning of a Y-Maze by Dwarf Goats (Capra hircus): The Impact of Lateralisation

We investigated maze learning in dwarf goats (Capra hircus) and the impact of lateralisation on learning. Lateralisation refers to the collection of phenomena in which external stimuli are perceived and processed differentially on the two sides of the brain and/or certain behaviours are preferentially performed by one side of the body. We trained 29 dwarf […]

The influence of cerebral lateralisation on the behaviour of the racing greyhound

The authors investigated the relationship between paw preference (the paw with which dogs prefer to hold a food object over repeated trials) and racetrack behaviour in the greyhound breed of dog (Canis familiaris). In a study of 53 racing greyhounds, it was found that individuals perform preferential behaviour on the racetrack relating to the direction […]

The effects of acute exposure to mining machinery noise on the behaviour of eastern blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides)

The mining industry is an important source of noise for wildlife, and the eastern blue-tongued (EBT) lizard (T) is an Australian animal that may be impacted. We analysed the behaviour of nine EBT lizards during and after exposure for 5 s to one of five combinations of mining machinery noise frequency and amplitude (frequency < […]