WIAS course "The fundamentals of animal emotions"

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Tue 12 February 2019 until Thu 14 February 2019

Venue Impulse, building number 115
Stippeneng 2
6708 WE Wageningen
+31 317-482828
Room Impulse building, NcountR room


To acquire in-depth knowledge about defining and assessing emotion in non-verbal species.

Learning goals

  • Become familiar with the meaning of the terms emotion, mood, affect and feeling
  • Understand the role of consciousness in emotion and where this arose in evolution
  • Acquire an overview of behavioural, physiological and cognitive methods used to assess animal emotion, including in-depth understanding of some of the most common and best developed methods
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of physiological and brain correlates of emotion
  • Understand the concept of human and animal happiness
  • Discuss important developments in the field of animal emotion

Entrance level

Good understanding of methods to assess animal behaviour and welfare, good understanding of animal welfare issues in developed countries, and basic understanding of animal physiology and brain structures.


Prof Mike Mendl (Bristol University, UK), Dr Bonne Beerda (BHE-WUR), Evy Berlo, MSc (Leiden University), Dr Lisette Leliveld (Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology), Dr Celine Tallet (INRA), Louise Kremer, MSc (Wageningen University), Prof Louk Vanderschuren (Utrecht University), Dr Inonge Reimert (Wageningen University), Dr Rebecca Nordquist (Utrecht University), Prof Kees van Oers (Wageningen University), Dr Laura Webb (Wageningen University)


Dr Laura Webb: