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How assessing relationships between emotions and cognition can improve farm animal welfare

Author(s) : A. Boissy & C. Lee

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The assessment of farm animal welfare requires a good understanding of the animals’ affective experiences, including their emotions. Emotions are transient reactions to short-term triggering events and can accumulate to cause longer-lasting affective states, which represent good or bad welfare. Cognition refers to the mechanisms by which animals acquire, process, store and act on information from the environment. The objective of this paper is to highlight the two-way relationships between emotions and cognition that were originally identified in human psychology, and to describe in what ways these can be used to better access affective experiences in farm animals.

Keywords
Affective state – Appraisal – Cognition – Cognitive bias – Emotion – Farm animal – Mood – Sentience – Welfare.

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