Control and complexity in novel object enrichment

Sambrook, T. D. and Buchanan-Smith, H. M. (1997) Control and complexity in novel object enrichment. Animal Welfare, 6 (3). pp. 207-216. ISSN 0962-7286

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We discuss the properties of controllability and complexity in novel object enrichment, their definition and present a critique of previous work related to them. We address the relationship between control and complexity, the evolutionary basis of their attractiveness and suggest that the acquisition of control may be a more enriching process than its execution. We propose that, although little work has been directed at separating their relative contributions to enrichment, controllability appears more important than complexity. We discuss the ways in which objects can be responsive both in terms of the predictability of the response and the 'grade' of actor-object interaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal welfare,control,complexity,enrichment,novel object,responsive
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 16:14
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:30
DOI: 10.1017/S0962728600019801

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