Maternal Hen Calls (Samia Toukhsati )

Subject: Maternal Hen Calls
From:    Samia Toukhsati  <samia.toukhsati(at)SCI.MONASH.EDU.AU>
Date:    Thu, 3 May 2001 19:15:26 +1000

Hi everyone, Although I have not participated in any of the discussions thus far, I have found them very enjoyable and informative. I am currently engaged in a series of experiments investigating the effects of exposure to a complex rhythm stimulus on long-term memory formation in day-old chicks. To date, I have found that exposure to the complex rhythm for a duration of one minute, presented 5 min post-training, enhances memory formation for a passive avoidance task (to be published in the June edition of the Journal of Comparative Psychology). Recently my supervisor and I have noticed a similarity between the complex rhythm stimulus and a number of maternal hen calls, namely the food call and the maternal call. It has therefore become important to test the effects of exposure to a variety of maternal hen calls to see whether this stimulus also enhances memory for the passive avoidance task. I was wondering if anyone knew of a web site that stores chicken/broody hen calls, or if anyone knows of a cd that they have been recorded onto. Any suggestions as to where I might find such recordings would be greatly appreciated! Cheers, Samia

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