Fractal structure of sequential behaviour patterns: an indicator of stress

@article{Alados1996FractalSO,
  title={Fractal structure of sequential behaviour patterns: an indicator of stress},
  author={C. Alados and J. Esc{\'o}s and J. Emlen},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1996},
  volume={51},
  pages={437-443}
}
The detection of stress arising from parasitic infection bySarcoptes scabieisand from pregnancy is explored, using a fractal analysis of head lifting behaviour and feeding–non-feeding activity sequences in female Spanish ibex,Capra pyrenaica, under natural conditions. Because organisms under stress increase their metabolic rate and, in consequence, energy consumption, it follows that stress will, generally, lead to a reduction in complexity (fractal dimension) of exploratory behaviour. In the… Expand
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