Animal Cognition Facilities
The Animal Cognition Laboratory (ACL) contains a suite of animal observation rooms with video, audio, recording, and stimulus-control capability. Wild-caught animals are permanently identified by chip-scanner technology and maintained in open, naturalistic housing areas. Cage space for more standard laboratory animals are completely outfitted with automatic watering, and are maintained by the University of Oklahoma's Office of Laboratory Animal Resources. The ACL is an NIH-compliant, DOA-inspected facility. A central work and conference room in the ACL is networked and equipped for videotape transcription and data analysis.
Spatial and temporal memory, risk-sensitivity, inference, and decision-making are some of the issues in animal cognition addressed by the ACL. Experimental questions are typically embedded in foraging paradigms, and carried out in settings that reproduce many of the relevant elements of natural environments.