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  1. The Animals in Our Stories: Reading Human-Animal History, Kinship, and Inheritance in Asian Diasporic Literature

    Contributor(s): Nandini Thiyagarajan

    This dissertation approaches literary animals in Asian diasporic novels through the concept of drawing close. I am interested in how literary animals can communicate an endeavour to draw animals close, and how literary representations of this closeness imagine normative human-animal relationships...

  2. Dialogic dogs and phatic felines: speaking to and through our pets

    Contributor(s): Nicole M. Dufour

    While many pet owners acknowledge that they speak to their pet, Pet Communication has remained mostly overlooked by researchers. Through discourse analysis, this thesis is an attempt to analyze Pet Communication, which deals with human speech to a pet, about a pet, or through a pet. I analyze...

  3. An Examination of the Lived Experiences of United States Military Veterans who have been Diagnosed with Psychological Inflictions of War who have Utilized Equine Assisted Therapy

    Contributor(s): Thomas Frederick Banner

    As the result of multiple psychological conditions that are inflicted by war, the need for veterans’ well-being is ever evident. “PTSD changes the body’s response to stress, often making it difficult for PTSD victims to live their lives as they normally would” (Stokes,...

  4. Companion animals as being-objects: the role of the self/other binary in the human-animal bond

    Contributor(s): Amanda Kelly Reed

    This research project is an investigation into the human-dog bond and the practice of pet adoption and pet surrender at the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Center. The human-dog bond is an excellent vehicle for an investigation into how we create categories of other because it is a highly...

  5. A Parental Perspective: The Role of Companion Animals for Children During Separation and Divorce

    Contributor(s): Jessica Michel

    Children grow up in interdependent family systems, where transitions affect all members. A prevalent transition in Australian families is divorce. When divorce occurs children are exposed to significant risk factors that have the potential of affecting many developmental outcomes. However,...

  6. Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) as an Adjunctive Treatment for Eating Disorders: Exploration of AAT through the lens of Attachment and Affect Regulation

    Contributor(s): Patricia Flaherty Fischette

    This research investigated the connection between attachment, affect regulation, eating disorders and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), a connection that has not previously been examined. The conceptual lenses for this research identified eating disorders as one of many possible examples of...

  7. Relações entre animais humanos e não-humanos no Parque Nacional Serra da Capivara, Piauí, Brasil : Um estudo sobre conservação, gestão e sustentabilidade

    Contributor(s): Denise Figueirôa Bacelar

    Os animais humanos, cujo único representante atual é a espécie Homo sapiens sapiens, e não humanos, representando as demais espécies heterotróficas existentes, são protagonistas de um longo e controverso relacionamento ao curso da história....

  8. Menace and Management: Power in the Human-Monkey Social Worlds of Delhi and Shimla

    Contributor(s): Daniel Allen Solomon

    This dissertation is based on ethnographic and textual research among the monkeys and humans of two Indian metropolises, mostly between 2006-2010. The monkeys are rhesus macaques, who have lived alongside humans in South Asia for thousands of years, make their livings in apparently anthropogenic...

  9. Horses are Worth More Than Riches: Parental Perceptions of the Relationship Between Equine Assisted Activities/Therapy and Listening and Spoken Language

    Contributor(s): Kelsey M. Large

    The purpose of this study was to determine parental perceptions of the impact of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) on the listening and spoken language skills of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Parents of children who are DHH and communicate through listening and...

  10. Therapy cat in the library media center

    Contributor(s): Anna L. Talbot

    This research project is a review of literature about utilizing a therapy animal, specifically a therapy cat, within a school library. Since the options of hypoallergenic cats are now available, they can be used in schools to reduce worries about cat allergies. The strengths of using this...

  11. Okanagan dog visitation's impact on seniors' social support : comparing group and individual conditions

    Contributor(s): Lindsay Burton

    Introduction: Social support (SS) is an important determinant of senior health. Dogs are an underutilized modality for seniors’ SS promotion, and dog visitation programs are emerging to address this underutilization. Dogs impact SS in two ways according to the Social Support Theory, as an...

  12. Affecting affect effectively : investigating a haptic-affect platform for guiding physiological responses

    Contributor(s): Joseph P. Hall

    This thesis describes the development of a platform for touch-guided anxiety management via engagement with a robot pet. An existing physiological sensor suite and “Haptic Creature” robot pet are modified to influence user physiological responses through real-time interaction guided...

  13. Cougar-human entanglements on Vancouver Island : relational agency and space

    Contributor(s): Rosemary-Claire Magdeleine Solange Collard

    Vancouver Island is home to what is estimated to be the densest cougar population in North America. Over the last century and a half, cougar and human residents of the Island have not co-existed peacefully. From government-sponsored bounty hunts of cougars to cougar attacks on children,...

  14. Human-Animal Studies: chov hospodářských zvířat - právní, ekonomické, ekologické a etické aspekty

    Contributor(s): Klára Podimáková

    Práce se zabývá vztahem mezi lidskými aktéry a hospodářskými zvířaty v heterogenním kolektivu. Zjišťuje, jakým způsobem je podmíněné chování lidí, kteří se starají o...

  15. Human-Wildlife conflicts in Mwanachingwala conservation area(MCA) Kafue Flats of Zambia

    Contributor(s): Mutandalike Choonga S

    The study of the human-wildUfe conflicts in MCA Kafue flats was done in the month of August. The study used a structured questionnaire, focus group discussions and individual intennews unth randomly chosen individuals. Descriptive SPSS software was used to analyze the data at two levels: the...

  16. Ghost herds : rescuing horses and horse people in Bluegrass Kentucky

    Contributor(s): Tamar V.S. McKee

    This dissertation examines the cultural and historical dimensions of why certain communities in the United States are compelled to rescue animals from abuse, neglect, or death. In particular, it engages with the debate over sending “unwanted” horses to slaughter, touching upon not...

  17. Análisis de oportunidades de mercado para la creación de un Centro Integral para Mascotas (CIM) en la ciudad de Bogotá

    Contributor(s): Cindy Vanesa Ríos Rodríguez

    En este trabajo se realiza el Análisis de Oportunidades de Mercado (AOM) para la creación de un Centro Integral para Mascotas (CIM) en la ciudad de Bogotá, con el fin de determinar, si existen estas oportunidades en el sector y generar una propuesta de estrategias de mercado....

  18. Sensing and recognizing affective touch in a furry zoomorphic object

    Contributor(s): Anna Flagg

    Over the last decade, the surprising fact has emerged that machines can possess therapeutic power. Due to the many healing qualities of touch, one route to such power is in haptic emotional interaction, which in turn requires sophisticated touch sensing and interpretation. We explore the...

  19. The Haptic Creature : social human-robot interaction through affective touch

    Contributor(s): Steven John Yohanan

    Emotion communication is an important aspect of social interaction. Affect display research from psychology as well as social human-robot interaction has focused primarily on facial or vocal behaviors, as these are the predominant means of expression for humans. Much less attention, however, has...

  20. Child-canine bonding in children with ASD : findings within and across case studies

    Contributor(s): Kathryn Rebekah Struik

    The demand for support for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to grow, and one increasingly popular avenue of support is the use of therapeutic canines. Parents searching for service canines trained to work with children with ASD however face formidable...