October 17, 2018

Scientific studies carried out in human psychology have reported that the valence of an individual’s emotional state may influence a number of cognitive functions including attention, memory and judgement. That is, for example, if a person is in a negative mood or affe...

May 21, 2017

In recent years the study of animal personality has gained increasing popularity, with the dog being one of the most utilized models in this field.

As part of my PhD studies, I've carried out extensive work on the assessment of dogs' personality and especially of puppi...

May 21, 2017

Did you know your dog could be left-or right-handed...hem pawed, just like you?

Some vertebrate species tend to perform some behaviours in an asymmetrical way, as a reflection of a lateralised brain. Once it was thought that a lateralised briain was prerogative of huma...

May 19, 2017

This is probably one of the outcomes of my work that I'm more proud and excited about! One day my boss said we had to come up with a new idea for a grant proposal, it had to be something innovative and technological. At the time there had been an outburst of articles o...

May 15, 2017

The risks for dogs’ health and welfare when housed in a shelter environment, especially for long periods of time, are now well recognised. A poor environment and inappropriate management may lead to a low quality of life. The absence of harmonised European regulatory f...

June 30, 2016

In 2013/2014 I worked on a project investigating different aspects of sheep behaviour. Cute little animals they are...but so nervy! Highly reactive and fearful animals, especially production animals, can be a serious problem for the stockman (because of difficulties in...

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