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How mood affects decision making in pigs

A study by Dr Lucy Asher shows that the decisions made by pigs depend on how they are feeling at the time.

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.

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