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|-||=====Foundations on Animal Sentience (ASENT)=====|
|-||Sentience, in a broad sense, is the capacity to feel. In a narrower sense, it refers to the capacity to have feelings with a positive or negative quality, such as feelings of pain, pleasure, boredom, excitement, frustration,|
|-||In recent years, an interdisciplinary community of animal sentience researchers,|
|-||The Foundations of Animal Sentience project (ASENT), a five-year ERC-funded project led by [[birch_jonathan|Dr Jonathan Birch]], aims to find ways to resolve these debates. What is needed is a conceptual framework for thinking about sentience as an evolved phenomenon that varies along several dimensions, a deeper understanding of how these dimensions of sentience relate to measurable aspects of animal behaviour and the nervous system, and a richer picture of the links between sentience, welfare and the ethical status of animals.|