'Stereotypic Animal Behaviour - Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare' (eds. Mason & Rushen) was published by CABI (Wallingford, Oxon. UK)
Officially a 2nd edition of the volume published in 1993 (eds.
Lawrence and Rushen), it is more a complete re-write that brings together
all new chapters and over 30 contributors, reflecting many recent
advances in understanding. It is aimed at researchers and advanced
students in animal behaviour and welfare, animal and veterinary
science, comparative psychology, and neuroscience.
The book focuses on the causation and
treatment of environment-induced stereotypic behaviours, and
considers their implications for animal welfare and normalcy of
brain functioning. The first few chapters take an ethological
perspective, focusing on the constraints that captivity places on
animals’ normal behavioural repertoires, and the effects that
have on specific motivational systems.
The second set of
chapters address the role of dysfunction, particularly the impact of
chronic stress and impoverished environments on forebrain functioning.
A third section looks at how stereotypic behaviours can be
using techniques from environmental enrichment to
pharmaceutical intervention. The volume ends with a synthesis,
a potential new definition for ‘stereotypic behaviour’, and
suggested future research directions.
- Download a full contents list , including the 'guest boxes' contributed to each chapter.
- Download chapter summaries in English and Spanish (this
last with thanks to María Díez Léon, Brett Dufour,
Francisco Galindo, Jessica Gimpel and Marina Ponzio).
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