Age group differences in bovine investigatory behavior

Robert M. Murphey, Francisco A.Moura Duarte, Washington Coelho Novaes, Cecilia Penedo

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The general relationship between age and investigatory behavior in mammals, and perhaps other taxa, is probably an inverted U‐shaped function, but is said to be a negative correlation in bovines. In Observation Set 1,5 developmental levels of domestic cattle were compared in their responsiveness to a novel stimulus in the form of a person lying on the ground. The age group‐behavior relationship approximated an inverted U. In Observation Set II, 3 developmental levels were compared and the animals' responses to a ball and to the reclined figure of a person were studied. Qualitatively, the cattle reacted similarly to both the inanimate and the human objects; again, the relationship between age and investigatory tendencies appeared to be an inverted U‐shaped function for both stimuli.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Psychobiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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