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How mood affects decision making in pigs

It is well known that if a person is in a bad mood they are more likely to respond to questions or make decisions in a more pessimistic way. The opposite is true is a person is in a good mood. However a new study including researchers from Newcastle and Lincoln University has for the first time shown that this may also be the case in pigs.

Lead author on the research Dr Lucy Asher is a Newcastle University research fellow with the CBE.  

The study published in the Journal, Biology Letters and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the first time this behaviour has been shown in another species. You can read the full press release on the Newcastle University press office and the scientific article on the Biology Letters site.

published on: 30 November 2016