About this Research Topic
To date, studies on physical cognition (e.g. categorization, object permanence, reasoning) and social cognition (e.g. individual recognition, communication, social learning) of livestock, companion and laboratory animals are relatively underrepresented. The aim of this Research Topic is to gather scientific data on the cognitive abilities of the animal species living in close contact with humans in order to identify their potential implications on the management and social interactions with other individuals. The influence of affective states on cognitive functions and the underlying brain processing, including the hemispheric specialization for specific functions, are also topics of interest of this Research Topic.
We invite the submission of original research studies, case studies and reviews that explore cognitive functions of livestock, companion and laboratory animals, their relationship with affective states and their practical implication on animal welfare. We invite contributions that identify factors influencing the animal appraisal of the environment and other individuals. We also invite papers exploring the functional brain mechanisms underlying cognition and affective states. We equally encourage the proposal of novel approaches, tools and methodologies to study and assess animal cognitive functions and welfare. Themes could include but are not limited to;
- The influence of cognition and affective states on the adaptive responses to the environmental stressors
- The impact of cognitive functions on management practices
- The identification of novel welfare parameters based on the species-specific cognitive abilities
- The development of new tools for evaluating animal affective state and welfare.
Keywords: animal cognition, welfare, emotions, brain laterality
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