Some like it hot

22 09 2016

Well that’s what we hope. Actually we hope that all of them do, them being the dozen or so hens Misha has now successfully trained in the discriminative stimulus task.

Currently they’re being asked how they judge ambiguous cues (optimistically or pessimistically?) when in either a hot (low-mid 30s; left) or cool (low teens Celcius; right) environment. Misha’s using ambient temperatures to validate this new judgement bias task, since various studies including his own suggest these former jungle-fowl retain a liking for tropical heat. (As for whether these girls are the same, finding that out will be Misha’s next and final test, run literally as he packs his bags ready to return home…).