Research-induced synesthesia

25 09 2018

I visited the farm with Sam last week, to check in and also help label mink cages. Sam’s testing hypotheses about how the number, newness and diversity of enrichments affect welfare, especially aggression and boredom. To do this, he has created seven different enrichment-groups, Treatments 1-7. And he’s labelled these with coloured cable ties so often that he now feels that the number 1 IS red, that the number 2 IS orange, and so on.


Sometimes, I admit, I’d stop helping to coo at snoozing mink.