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High tech cognitive and acoustic enrichment for captive elephants

French, Fiona; Mancini, Clara and Sharp, Helen (2018). High tech cognitive and acoustic enrichment for captive elephants. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 300 pp. 173–183.

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This paper investigates the potential for using technology to support the development of sensory and cognitive enrichment activities for captive elephants. It explores the usefulness of applying conceptual frameworks from interaction design and game design to the problem of developing species-specific smart toys that promote natural behaviours and provide stimulation. We adopted a Research through Design approach, and describe how scientific inquiry supported our design process, while the creation of artefacts guided our investigations into possible future solutions. Our fieldwork resulted in the development of an interactive prototype of an acoustic toy that elephants are able to control using interface elements constructed from a range of natural materials.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Elsevier
ISSN: 1872-678X
Keywords: Elephant; Cognitive enrichment; Research through Design; Animal-Computer interaction; Embedded technology; Acoustic enrichment
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 52252
Depositing User: Clara Mancini
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 16:45
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:44
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