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10/04/17
Howcananimalslearn
HowcanHumanslearn
Whatmethodscanweteachanimals
Howcanweteachanimals
Areadultanimalshardtoteachthanjuveniles?
18/04/17
What are foods that enhance hamsters nerve cells?
What factors affect their learning abilities?
How can animal memorize things?
Why do scientists use rodents as an experimenting
subject?
How to construct a maze that can make the hamster
learn potentially?

20/04/17
Will hamster that exercise learn faster than non-
exercising hamster?
How can we approach hamsters?
What are some signs that show that the hamsters are
stressed?

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18/04/17
Baby learn faster than adults in humans
Giving rewards to animals will give them motivation to repeat their actions. Therefore, they will memorize.
Hamsters are basically rodents
Medical testing is that their genetic, biological and behavior characteristics closely resemble those of humans, and many
symptoms of human conditions can be replicated in mice and rats.
Animals behave in certain ways for four basic reasons:
to find food and water
to interact in social groups
to avoid predators
to reproduce

20/04/17
Hamsters will dig when they are stressed, sometimes they can nibble on the persons hand.
They will hide when they are stressed. Therefore, interfering their learning ablilties.
In humans, people that exercise tends to have a better learning capability.
Hamsters will eat veggies, cheese, fruits, and dried insects.
Hamsters have to be left alone in the new habitat, so that it will get used to it.
Hamsters are able to learn if they arent in a stressed state.
Many animals can be used with a positive response.

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What are some signs when hamsters are stressed?
How can we teach hamsters to not be afraid ?
Where can we place the hamster cage?
When do we change hamsters bedding?
Why are hamsters active at night?
Will hamsters get bored of food?

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Learning And Memory


Extinction is the loss of information over time
There is a curve called forgetting curve, which tells the graph over time versus the likelihood of forgetting the information
Memory involves Sensory input which are smell, hear, sight, and taste
Learning is costly for animals because it takes time, and space is required
Formation of short and long term memories require chemical reaction
Selective attention helps animals to decide what is important and what information animals can forget
Associative Learning
Stimulus is an event that creates a response. It can also be something that affects on an organisms behavior in an obvious way
Habituation is the loss of response to a stimulus when the stimulus is repeatedly given.
Sensitization is the increase in response to a stimulus due to experiences
Conditioning is the building association between two events. Different stimuli will result a different outcome. There are 2 types of
conditioning which are classical conditioning, and operant conditioning.
Classical conditioning History
Ivan Pavlov is a Russian Psychologist. He conducted an experiment called Pavlovs dog. The experiment tried to make the dog
association the sound of the bell and the food.
Classical conditioning is to increase involuntary behaviors. It is also used in Behavioral training. It decreases the fearful response.
Unconditioned stimulus is the stimulus that has a response has not been taught.
Unconditioned response is the natural response to a stimulus. Doesnt need to be learnt.
Conditioned Stimulus teaching to associate with the response
The methods of training of classical conditioning are flooding, desensitization, graded exposure, and counter conditioning.
Flooding is the process of exposing a stimulus to the animals for a prolonged time, which takes a long time and not
recommended. Desensitization is used for treating fears, or phobias. This process is to is make the animal exposed to the stimulus
until they are no longer fearful of it. Graded exposure is a process that increases the intensity or decrease the distance of the
stimulus until they are comfortable with it.
Counter conditioning is to use a positive stimulus to overcome a negative stimulus. Therefore, creating a positive response.
John B. Watson
He discovered generalization, it is the animals ability to respond in the same way to a different but similar stimuli. For example,
white fur and white rabbit.

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23/04/17
Watching you with its ears erect: A hamster behavior like this means it is just a bit curious about what is going on and in a
calm way.
Stretching their limbs: They are feeling good and relaxed about their current situation.
Ears forward with cheek pouches puffed up and mouth open: Its frightened. Try to remove the stressors that are
causing this behavior. Standing on hind legs with their dukes up: it feels threatened and might get aggressive if you
dont back off.
It gets startled when you approach: feeling insecure and unsure of what is going on at the moment.
Lying on its back with incisors showing: sign of a frightened and threatened hamster that doesnt want to be messed
with.
We also need to make them used to our hands before teaching them to run the maze. If the hamster is stressed, then it
wont be able to learn as much or it wont at all.
Sunflowers are good treats for them, they really like it.
Dont over work the hamster, for example, 10 mins for 2 sessions is better than 20 mins straight.
Changing treats is a good idea because they will get bored of the treats given over and over just like humans.
Source: https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/how-to-train-your-hamster.html

30/04/17
Hamsters are actually omnivores. However, they dont eat red meat but they eat worms. They also consume veggies
as well.
http://thehamsterhouse.com/hamster-info/hamster-facts/
A healthy hamster should have clean ears and dry bottoms and round little bellies.
The cage of the hamster should be a perfect fit for the hamster
The place that the cage will be placed has to be safe so that it would get stressed.
Water should be available for them at all times because they can be quite a drinker.
The beddings will have to be changed frequently, once per 3 to 4 days.
Hamsters dont go well with human foods.
http://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-a-Hamster

10/05/17
Let the hamsters explore the place that they are going to stay so that it can get used to the environment
Make them get used to our voice
16/05/17
Hamsters are animal that can store food in their mouth along their cheeks, which it can grow to about almost twice its
head size.
Hamsters are nocturnal animals, they are active in the night.
Hamsters teeth will continuously grow, so a chewing toy or anything that it can bite on would be a great thing to put in
the cage.
https://www.petcha.com/12-strange-but-common-hamster-behaviors/

20/05/17
Hamsters have very poor eyesight, so they do find their ways by touch, smell, and hearing. They also use their
whiskers for sensory uses.
Hamsters do need space and needs to run because they are an active animal.
https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rodents/hamsters/behaviour