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  • 16 December 2004

    Seminar Series 1 Lecture 2 - Prof Alistair Lawrence

    Location: Glasgow

    Prof Alistair Lawrence, Head of Animal Welfare, Scottish Agricultural College: ‘Animal Farm’ 

    Key ideas:

    • Animal modelling can be used to study the likely effects of changing environments on behaviour.
    • Control and predictability are important factors that influence health outcomes.
    • Obesity can be thought of as the result of the interaction between evolved controls and an artificial environment.
    • Social behaviour has a genetic component.
    • Stress causes cells to age faster and pre-natal stress may give rise to a general susceptibility to higher stress reactivity in offspring.

    Lecture summary