Assessing piglet behavior through exploration of objects, tools to explore piglet cognition

  • in a recent study researchers Stephen Fleming, graduate student, and Dr. Ryan Rilger, animal scientist, measure piglet exploratory behavior using the Novel Object Recognition Test.
  • This paper discusses the ability of piglets to recognize previously seen objects and the way they explore their environment. Measuring exploratory behavior provides a tool to assess piglet cognition, which will be used in the future to explore the effects of nutrition on cognitive development.
  • Behavioral Brain Research Publication: