Dr Britta Osthaus


NameDr Britta Osthaus
Job titleSenior Lecturer
Research instituteSchool Of Psychology And Life Sciences

Research outputs

Goats show higher behavioural flexibility than sheep in a spatial detour task

Raoult, C., Osthaus, B., Hildebrand A. C. G., McElligott, A. and Nawroth, C. 2021. Goats show higher behavioural flexibility than sheep in a spatial detour task. Royal Society Open Science. 8 (3), p. 201627. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.201627

Shelter seeking behaviour of donkeys and horses in a temperate climate

Proops, L., Osthaus, B., Bell, N., Long, S., Hayday, K. and Burden, F. 2019. Shelter seeking behaviour of donkeys and horses in a temperate climate. Journal of Veterinary Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2019.03.008

In what sense are dogs special? Canine cognition in comparative context

Lea, S. and Osthaus, B. 2018. In what sense are dogs special? Canine cognition in comparative context. Learning & Behavior. 46 (4), pp. 335-363. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13420-018-0349-7

Weathering the weather: effects of the environment on donkey, mule and horse welfare

Osthaus, B., Proops, L., Long, S., Bell, N., Hayday, K. and Burden, F. 2018. Weathering the weather: effects of the environment on donkey, mule and horse welfare.

Hair coat properties of donkeys, mules and horses in a temperate climate

Osthaus, B., Proops, L., Long, S., Bell, N., Hayday, K. and Burden, F. 2017. Hair coat properties of donkeys, mules and horses in a temperate climate. Equine Veterinary Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/evj.12775

A-not-B error

Osthaus, B. 2022. A-not-B error. in: Vonk, J. and Shackelford, T. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior Springer.

Evaluation of two observational methods to assess the numbers of nesting puffins (Fratercula arctica)

Osthaus, B., Farrell, A., Fisher, P. and Heinrichs, P. 2017. Evaluation of two observational methods to assess the numbers of nesting puffins (Fratercula arctica).

Behavioural evolution: Darwin's theory and adaptive behaviour

Osthaus, B. and Hocking, I. 2016. Behavioural evolution: Darwin's theory and adaptive behaviour. CCCU Science Society Talk. The Foundry, Canterbury, UK 25 May 2016 CCCU Science Society.

Protection from the elements: a comparative study of hair density, shelter use and heat loss in donkeys, horses and mules

Proops, L., Osthaus, B. and Burden, F. 2016. Protection from the elements: a comparative study of hair density, shelter use and heat loss in donkeys, horses and mules.

Dogs are stupid - what science knows about dog intelligence

Osthaus, B. 2016. Dogs are stupid - what science knows about dog intelligence.

Social relations in a mixed group of mules, ponies and donkeys reflect differences in equid type

Proops, L., Burden, F. and Osthaus, B. 2012. Social relations in a mixed group of mules, ponies and donkeys reflect differences in equid type. Behavioural Processes. 90 (3), pp. 337-342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2012.03.012

Spatial cognition and perseveration by horses, donkeys and mules in a simple A-not-B detour task

Osthaus, B., Proops, L., Hocking, I. and Burden, F. 2013. Spatial cognition and perseveration by horses, donkeys and mules in a simple A-not-B detour task. Animal Cognition. 16 (2), pp. 301-305. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-012-0589-4

Language in animals: What science knows about dog intelligence

Osthaus, B. 2009. Language in animals: What science knows about dog intelligence.

Mules are clever

Osthaus, B. 2009. Mules are clever.

Domestic cats (Felis catus) do not show causal understanding in a string-pulling task

Whitt, E., Douglas, M., Osthaus, B. and Hocking, I. 2009. Domestic cats (Felis catus) do not show causal understanding in a string-pulling task. Animal Cognition. 12 (5), pp. 739-743. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-009-0228-x

Minding the gap: spatial perseveration error in dogs

Osthaus, B., Marlow, D. and Ducat, P. 2010. Minding the gap: spatial perseveration error in dogs. Animal Cognition. 13 (6), pp. 881-885. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-010-0331-z

Feeding behaviour of wheatears

Osthaus, B. 2010. Feeding behaviour of wheatears. in: Graham-Matheson, L. (ed.) Research Informed Teaching: Exploring the Concept Canterbury Christ Church University. pp. 14-15

A comparative analysis of the categorization of multidimensional stimuli: I. Unidimensional classification does not necessarily imply analytic processing; evidence from pigeons (Columba livia), squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), and humans (Homo sapiens).

Wills, A., Lea, S., Leaver, L., Osthaus, B., Ryan, C., Suret, M., Bryant, C., Chapman, S. and Millar, L. 2009. A comparative analysis of the categorization of multidimensional stimuli: I. Unidimensional classification does not necessarily imply analytic processing; evidence from pigeons (Columba livia), squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis), and humans (Homo sapiens). Journal of Comparative Psychology. 123 (4), pp. 391-405. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0016216

Captive coyotes compared to their counterparts in the wild: does environmental enrichment help?

Shivik, J., Palmer, G., Gese, E. and Osthaus, B. 2009. Captive coyotes compared to their counterparts in the wild: does environmental enrichment help? Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 12 (3), pp. 223-235. https://doi.org/10.1080/10888700902955989

Mule cognition: a case of hybrid vigour?

Proops, L., Burden, F. and Osthaus, B. 2009. Mule cognition: a case of hybrid vigour? Animal Cognition. 12 (1), pp. 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-008-0172-1

The logic of the stimulus

Lea, S., Goto, K., Osthaus, B. and Ryan, C. 2006. The logic of the stimulus. Animal Cognition. 9 (4), pp. 247-256. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-006-0038-3

Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) fail to show understanding of means-end connections in a string-pulling task

Osthaus, B., Lea, S. and Slater, A. 2005. Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) fail to show understanding of means-end connections in a string-pulling task. Animal Cognition. 8 (1), pp. 37-47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-004-0230-2

Can dogs defy gravity? A comparison with the human infant and a non-human primate

Osthaus, B., Slater, A. and Lea, S. 2003. Can dogs defy gravity? A comparison with the human infant and a non-human primate. Developmental Science. 6 (5), pp. 489-497. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-7687.00306

Gravity rules in dogs?

Osthaus, B., Slater, A. and Lea, S. 2002. Gravity rules in dogs? Proceedings of The British Psychological Society. 10 (1), p. 22.
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