Considering generalizability: a lesson from auditory enrichment research on zoo animals

Khan, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-7907-4082 and Wascher, C.A.F., 2021. Considering generalizability: a lesson from auditory enrichment research on zoo animals. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 8 (2), pp. 251-262. ISSN 2372-4323

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Environmental enrichment, particularly auditory enrichment, has recently gained attention as a potential method for reducing stress, and encouraging a more diverse behavior repertoire in captive animals. However, the effects of auditory enrichment on behavior are inconclusive between different studies, and interpretation of behavior has proven difficult. In this commentary, we discuss different factors, such as small sample sizes and diversity of social groups, which might contribute to contradicting results. We then discuss the value of replication studies in animal behavior research and provide a framework and practical guidelines for developing independent replications prior to publication.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Animal Behavior and Cognition
Creators: Khan, N. and Wascher, C.A.F.
Publisher: Animal Behavior and Cognition
Date: 1 May 2021
Volume: 8
Number: 2
ISSN: 2372-4323
Rights: © Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 15 Sep 2021 13:17
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2021 13:17
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