Assessing the ‘whole animal’: a free choice profiling approach

@article{Wemelsfelder2001AssessingT,
  title={Assessing the ‘whole animal’: a free choice profiling approach},
  author={Françoise. Wemelsfelder and Tony E. A. Hunter and Michael T. Mendl and Alistair B. Lawrence},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2001},
  volume={62},
  pages={209-220}
}
The qualitative assessment of animal behaviour summarizes the different aspects of an animal's dynamic style of interaction with the environment, using descriptors such as ‘confident’, ‘nervous’, ‘calm’ or ‘excitable’. Scientists frequently use such terms in studies of animal personality and temperament, but, wary of anthropomorphism, are reluctant to do so in studies of animal welfare. We hypothesize that qualitative behaviour assessment, in describing behaviour as an expressive process, may… 

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