The effect of temporary captivity on learning performance in jays

Published: 25 April 2018| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/m92ym6gkxp.1
Kelsey McCune


Data consists of an excel file, and R code used to manipulate and visualize the data, as well as conduct statistical analyses. The excel file contains four sheets. One is raw data collected during the trials and contains a row per individual per trial. Columns are information on time within 2m, number of attempts, and successes at specific doors per trial. The second sheet is data formatted for survival analysis and so there is a row per individual per door, for first and last solves. Columns in the survival analysis sheet are explained below: Flock - Identifier of the social group from which each subject came Treatment - C refers to subjects in captivity, F refers to subjects in the wild ID - The unique identifier for the subject, based on color band combinations Door - The label describing which type of door on the puzzle box Solve - Whether it was the first (1) or last (3) solve. Or if the subject did not solve that door (0) Trial - the trial in which the solve occurred Time (min) - Minute within the trial that solve occurred Adjusted - Amount of time until the solve accounting for multiple trials The third sheet is raw data from a novel object boldness assay described in detail in McCune et al. 2018. Evidence for personality conformity, not social niche specialization in social jays. Behavioral Ecology, April, The fourth sheet is the dominance rank of subjects based on number of displacements, adjusted to give a relative rank compared to group mates. Not all subjects had dominance and boldness attribute data. The R code is in the R markdown format, with different sections for data manipulation, visualization, and analysis. Code is annotated throughout to describe function and output.



University of Washington Department of Psychology


Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition