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Amanda McIlhone

Doctor of Philosophy, (Physiology)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Some characteristics of brain electrical activity in the domestic chicken

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Miss McIlhone investigated some characteristics of brain electrical activity in chickens. The studies revealed information on the onset of consciousness in incubating and hatching chicks, the effects of anaesthesia on the chicken’s brain activity, the ability to record responses to pain in anaesthetised chickens and the effects of certain euthanasia methods. The results provide information relevant to the welfare of chickens and highlight differences between bird and mammalian brain activity that should be explored in future studies.

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