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Hanno Würbel
University of Bern
Developmental psychologyPsychologyAnimal welfareSocial psychologyBiology
124Publications
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#1Bernhard Voelkl (University of Bern)H-Index: 19
#2Naomi Altman (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 40
Last. Tom Van de Casteele (Johnson & Johnson)
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#1Bernhard Voelkl (University of Bern)H-Index: 19
#2Naomi Altman (PSU: Pennsylvania State University)H-Index: 40
Last. Tom Van de Casteele (Johnson & Johnson)
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Context-dependent biological variation presents a unique challenge to the reproducibility of results in experimental animal research, because organisms’ responses to experimental treatments can vary with both genotype and environmental conditions. In March 2019, experts in animal biology, experimental design and statistics convened in Blonay, Switzerland, to discuss strategies addressing this challenge. In contrast to the current gold standard of rigorous standardization in experimental animal r...
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#1Maya Bräm Dubé (UZH: University of Zurich)
#2Lucy Asher (Newcastle University)H-Index: 18
Last. Luca Melotti (WWU: University of Münster)H-Index: 8
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Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) is a personality trait in humans characterised by a tendency to process information deeply, to be easily overstimulated, and to have strong emotional responses and an enhanced sensitivity to subtle stimuli. A trait similar to SPS has recently been identified in dogs (“canine Sensory Processing Sensitivity”, cSPS). In children, this trait interacts with parenting factors to influence emotional and mental development, which in turn are linked to behaviour probl...
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#1Annika Bremhorst (University of Lincoln)H-Index: 2
#2Nicole A. Sutter (University of Bern)H-Index: 1
Last. Stefanie Riemer (University of Bern)H-Index: 10
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Facial expressions are considered sensitive indicators of emotional states in humans and many animals. Identifying facial indicators of emotion is a major challenge and little systematic research has been done in non-primate species. In dogs, such research is important not only to address fundamental and applied scientific questions but also for practical reasons, since many problem behaviours are assumed to have an emotional basis, e.g. aggression based on frustration. Frustration responses can...
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#1Jessica Frances Lampe (University of Bern)H-Index: 3
#2Sabrina Ruchti (University of Bern)H-Index: 2
Last. Luca Melotti (WWU: University of Münster)H-Index: 8
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Social play is associated with the experience of positive emotions in higher vertebrates and may be used as a measure of animal welfare. Altering motivation to play (e.g., through short-term social isolation) can temporarily affect play levels between familiar individuals, a process which may involve emotional contagion. This study investigated how forming groups based on known differences in the personality trait “playfulness” (i.e., the longer-term propensity of an individual to actively play ...
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#1Justin Adam Varholick (UF: University of Florida)H-Index: 4
#2Alice Pontiggia (University of Bern)H-Index: 2
Last. Jeremy D. BailooH-Index: 11
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A tacit assumption in laboratory animal research is that animals housed within the same cage or pen are phenotypically more similar than animals from different cages or pens, due to their shared housing environment. This assumption drives experimental design, randomization schemes, and statistical analysis plans, while neglecting social context. Here, we examined whether a domain of social context—social dominance—accounted for more phenotypic variation in mice than cage-identity. First, we dete...
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#1Janika Lutz (University of Bern)
#2Joan-Bryce BurlaH-Index: 3
Last. Katharina FriedliH-Index: 7
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Abstract Limited space in dairy cattle farming is associated with frequent encounters between cows, often resulting in agonistic interactions and injuries, especially in horned cows. Previous studies with dairy cows investigated space allowances in the waiting area in front of the parlour, the lying area, and the outdoor exercise area with respect to social behaviour. However, direct comparisons between horned and dehorned cows are lacking. In the present study, we compared social behaviour, loc...
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#2Viki HurstH-Index: 2
Last. Hanno Würbel (University of Bern)H-Index: 35
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Reproducible science requires transparent reporting. The ARRIVE guidelines were originally developed in 2010 to improve the reporting of animal research. They consist of a checklist of information to include in publications describing in vivo experiments to enable others to scrutinise the work adequately, evaluate its methodological rigour, and reproduce the methods and results. Despite considerable levels of endorsement by funders and journals over the years, adherence to the guidelines has bee...
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#1N du Sert PercieH-Index: 1
#2Amrita Ahluwalia (QMUL: Queen Mary University of London)H-Index: 55
Last. Hanno Würbel (University of Bern)H-Index: 35
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Abstract Improving the reproducibility of biomedical research is a major challenge. Transparent and accurate reporting are vital to this process; it allows readers to assess the reliability of the findings, and repeat or build upon the work of other researchers. The NC3Rs developed the ARRIVE guidelines in 2010 to help authors and journals identify the minimum information necessary to report in publications describing in vivo experiments. Despite widespread endorsement by the scientific communit...
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#1Sabrina Ruchti (University of Bern)H-Index: 2
#2Gilles Kratzer (UZH: University of Zurich)H-Index: 4
Last. Sabine G. Gebhardt-Henrich (University of Bern)H-Index: 16
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In rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus L.), pododermatitis is a chronic multifactorial skin disease that appears mainly on the plantar surface of the hind legs. This presumably progressive disease can cause pain leading to poor welfare, yet the progression of this disease has not been thoroughly assessed on the level of individual animals. The aim of this longitudinal study thus was to investigate the possible risk factors and the progression of pododermatitis in group housed breeding does in Switzer...
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