When animals compete for resources, what is really going on in their heads? How do they decide whether to fight? Do non-human animals think like us? These are crucial questions when considering how evolution works.
In addition to studying fundamental aspects of animal contest behaviour, Gareth’s interests include addressing applied animal welfare problems associated with aggression. He is currently collaborating with researchers in Edinburgh on a project aimed at minimising aggression in pigs to improve welfare following regrouping. He is also looking at behavioural problems in dogs.
Dr Arnott’s talk is based on his article 'When animals face off, what are they thinking?' in the August 2019 issue of Scientific American.
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