Animal Welfare Research
For several years Buttercups have been working closely with Dr. Alan McElligott, who has been studying different aspects of goat behaviour, including intelligence, emotions, memory, vocalisations and differences in personalities. His research group has already several published articles which result directly from data collected at the sanctuary.
Baciadonna L, Briefer EF, Favaro L, McElligott AG (2019) Goats distinguish between positive and negative emotion-linked vocalisations. Frontiers in Zoology 16, 25.
Baciadonna L, Nawroth C, Briefer EF, McElligott AG (2019) Perceptual lateralisation of vocal stimuli in goats. Current Zoology 65, 67-74.
Nawroth C, Albuquerque N, Savalli C, Single M-S, McElligott AG (2018). Goats prefer positive human emotional facial expressions. Royal Society Open Science, 5, 180491.
Baruzzi C, Nawroth C, McElligott AG, Baciadonna L (2018) Motor asymmetry in goats during a stepping task. Laterality 23, 599-609.
Nawroth C, McElligott AG (2017) Human head orientation and eye visibility as indicators of attention for goats (Capra hircus).
Web link: https://peerj.com/articles/3073/
Pitcher B, Briefer E, Baciadona L, McElligott AG (2017) Cross-modal recognition of familiar conspecifics in goats. Royal society open science
Baciadonna L, Nawroth C, McElligott AG (2017) Individual personality diffferences in goats predict their performance in visual learning and non-associative cognitive tasks. Behavioural Processes 134, 43-53
Baciadonna L, Nawroth C McElligott AG (2016) Judgement bias in goats (Capra hircus): investigating the effects of human grooming.
Web link: https://peerj.com/articles/2485/
Nawroth C, Baciadonna L, McElligott AG (2016) Goats learn socially from humans in a spacial problem-solving task. Animal Behaviour 121, 123-129
Nawroth C, Brett J, McElligott AG (2016) Goats display audience-dependent human-directed gazing behaviour in a problem-solving task. Biology letters 12(7)
Briefer EF, Oxley J, McElligott AG (2015) Autonomic nervous system reactivity in a free-ranging mammal: effects of dominance rank and personality. Animal Behaviour 110, 121-132
Briefer EF, Tettamanti F, McElligott AG (2015) Emotions in goats: mapping physiological, behavioural and vocal profiles. Animal Behaviour 99, 131-143.
Briefer EF, Haque S, Baciadonna L, McElligott AG (2014) Goats excel at learning and remembering a highly novel cognitive task. Frontiers in Zoology 11, 20.
Baciadonna L, McElligott AG, Briefer EF (2013) Goats favour personal over social information in an experimental foraging task. PEERJ 1: e172
Web link: https://peerj.com/articles/172/
Briefer EF, McElligott AG (2013) Rescued goats at a sanctuary display positive mood after former neglect. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 145, 45-55.