What can maths tell us about how an animal is thinking?

Collins, Lisa (2014) What can maths tell us about how an animal is thinking? In: British Science Festival, 6-11 September 2014, Birmingham.

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Just like a galaxy, when we look closer at the behaviour of an animal, we can see that the level of detail changes compared with when we view it from a distance. Recently, my research team has been looking to see how the detail changes depending on the level of magnification and what that means for animal feelings. The results are surprising: it seems the more complex the behaviour, the happier the animal.

Over the coming decades, with the human population growing rapidly and the demand for animal meat and products increasing, together with a simultaneous demand for cheaper meat and animal products, animal welfare risks becoming a luxury rather than standard. Knowing how the practices we are subjecting animals to affects how they are feeling is a critical part of being able to alleviate this future problem.

Additional Information:Charles Darwin Lecture
Keywords:Fractal analysis, Charles Darwin Lecture
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G120 Applied Mathematics
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:14744
Deposited On:21 Aug 2014 13:09

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