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In domestic pigs, vocalisation can be an indicator of distress and negative emotional states. It might play a role in the transfer of emotion between individuals ('emotional contagion' or 'empathy'), which could result in impaired animal welfare on a group level based on the distress in an individual member of the group. The aim of this study was to(More)
In a pilot study we have injected the amygdala of five female pigs (age 8 weeks) with acetylcholine (ACh, 5.5muM/20mul) and recorded short latency utterances. The evoked vocalizations displayed the characteristics of natural screams in sonagram appearance and hearing impression. Quantitative analyses, too, revealed the similarity of the ACh-evoked(More)
In the study of animal emotions, emotional valence has been found to be difficult to measure. Many studies of farm animals' emotions have therefore focussed on the identification of indicators of strong, mainly negative, emotions. However, subtle variations in emotional valence, such as those caused by rather moderate differences in husbandry conditions,(More)
Abnormal behaviour is a potential indicator of pain, suffering and injury in captive animals. Especially stereotypies, i. e. repetitive invariant behavioural patterns without obvious function or goal, can be observed as a consequence of inadequate housing conditions. Hence, they are often considered indicators of impaired welfare. In context of the ongoing(More)
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