Use of the Hebb-Williams closed-field test to study the learning ability of Jersey cows

  title={Use of the Hebb-Williams closed-field test to study the learning ability of Jersey cows},
  author={R. Kilgour},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Abstract Seventy-three Jersey cows, including 14 pairs of monozygotic twins, were tested after six days' training on 12 detour problems in the Closed-field Test. Analysis of the error pathways indicated the cows' ability to adapt to the apparatus quickly, to maintain consistent times for trials and to learn rapidly. Few subjects erred after the fourth of the eight runs required in each detour test problem. The problems varied considerably in difficulty for cows. Cows show a marked constancy of… Expand
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Learning and the training of farm animals.
  • R. Kilgour
  • Medicine
  • The Veterinary clinics of North America. Food animal practice
  • 1987
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Learning in Farm Animals