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Title: The Effect of Sounds on Domestic Hens' Behaviour Under Concurrent and Concurrent-chain Schedules
Contributor(s): Jones, Amy (author); Bizo, Lewis  (author); Foster, Therese Mary (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: The effect of various sounds on the behaviour of domestic hens was examined. The effect of white noise on hens' performance under multiple-concurrent schedules was compared with the effects of an alarm call, the sounds of hens feeding, and a food call. All sound biased hens' responding away from keys associated with them, and the magnitude of this bias was largest for white noise and the food call. White noise suppressed the responding of hens when it was present, however, the other sounds did not. Next, a concurrent-chains procedure was used to assess the same hens' preferences for the same sounds. In the equal initial-links (with no sounds played) hens chose between "sound" and "no sound" terminal-links. Initial-link response biases were away from the key associated with sound for the food call for all hens and the directions of the other biases varied over hens. Terminal-link entry pauses tended to be longer in terminal-links associated with sounds where the longest pauses were with white noise and the food call. Thus, the two procedures gave some similar and some conflicting results. The various measures of behaviour, including response biases, response rates, and terminal-link pauses, will be compared and discussed.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 38th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Seattle, United States of America, 25th - 29th May, 2012
Conference Details: 38th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Seattle, United States of America, 25th - 29th May, 2012
Source of Publication: Association for Behavior Analysis International 38th Annual Convention Program
Publisher: Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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