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"The effects of developmental stress on avian social learning and exploration"

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The traditional view of prolonged exposure to “stress” during development is one of maladaptive constraint. In contrast, the “developmental matching hypothesis” suggests that developmental stress is not necessarily a bad thing. Instead, negative effects of developmental stress might occur due to a mismatch between environmental conditions at different life stages. To test this hypothesis, we exposed Japanese quail to stressors during different developmental stages and presented them with novel stressful situations in adulthood. In this seminar, I will present our findings showing that developmental stress facilitated both exploration and social learning in novel surroundings. These results suggest that developmental stress may lead to adaptive behaviours under certain circumstances.

This talk is part of the Madingley Lunchtime Seminars series.

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