Shuge Wang - PhD student and pioneer of automated behavioural tracking and innovative analyses of the lab
I am a PhD student and my interest lies in fast learning and spontaneous generalisation in early life, using newly-hatched domestic chicks as an animal model. I have a MSc in Animal Behaviour and BSc in Natural Sciences.
The aim of my PhD is to explore stimulus categorisation by studying the filial imprinting responses of male and female domestic chicks. I am analysing the male-female differences in the boundaries between familiarity and unfamiliarity, the roles of the right and left hemisphere in categorisation, and the time course of imprinting. I am using an automated controlled-rearing approach, in which newly-hatched chicks are raised in controlled environments while their behaviour is recorded and analysed over the entire experimental period.