Mrs. Maren Kreiser has been awarded the IGN Research Prize, together with prize money of 3,000 euros, for her master's thesis on "Investigation of impulse control in pigs with regard to quantitative and qualitative differences in rewards". The work was carried out at the Institute of Behavioural Physiology of the FBN Dummerstorf under the supervision of Dr. Manuela Zebunke and Prof. Dr. Birger Puppe and defended at the Chair for Behavioral Science of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rostock in 2016.
Using a psychocognitive approach (Delay Maintenance Test), the study investigated differences in impulse control in pigs with regard to qualitative and quantitative rewards for the first time. The results show that pigs have the ability of impulse control, but that this is very different from animal to animal. For the first time it has been demonstrated that impulse control is greater for qualitatively different rewards than for quantitative ones.
The research prize of the International Society of Livestock Husbandry (IGN) is awarded annually and is the only one of its kind in the German-speaking world. It is aimed at young scientists who have published outstanding and application-oriented theses on the promotion of species-appropriate livestock husbandry. This year's award ceremony took place at the 49th International Conference on Applied Ethology of the German Veterinary Society in Freiburg im Breisgau.