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  1. Emotional support animal assessments: Toward a standard and comprehensive model for mental health professionals

    Contributor(s):: Younggren, Jeffrey N., Boness, Cassandra L., Bryant, Leisl M., Koocher, Gerald P.

  2. Analysis of the electromiographic activity of lower limb and motor function in hippotherapy practitioners with cerebral palsy

    Contributor(s):: Ribeiro, M. F., Espindula, A. P., Lage, J. B., Bevilacqua Junior, D. E., Diniz, L. H., Mello, E. C., Ferreira, A. A., Ferraz, M. L. F., Teixeira, V. P. A.

  3. Measuring Human-Animal Attachment in a Large U.S. Survey: Two Brief Measures for Children and Their Primary Caregivers

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    | Contributor(s):: Bures, R. M., Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R.

  4. Validation of a Commercially Available Enzyme ImmunoAssay for the Determination of Oxytocin in Plasma Samples from Seven Domestic Animal Species

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    | Contributor(s):: Cecile Bienboire-Frosini, Camille Chabaud, Alessandro Cozzi, Elisa Codecasa, Patrick Pageat

    The neurohormone oxytocin (OT) has a broad range of behavioral effects in mammals. It modulates a multitude of social behaviors, e.g., affiliative and sexual interactions. Consequently, the OT role in various animal species is increasingly explored. However, several issues have been raised...

  5. Cognitive Bias in Zoo Animals: An Optimistic Outlook for Welfare Assessment

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    | Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Isabella L. K. Clegg

    Cognitive bias testing has emerged as one of the most valid tools in measuring animals’ affective states, and while it has been extensively applied in farm and laboratory settings, only a few studies have taken place in zoos and aquaria. This review evaluates past cognitive bias studies...

  6. Maximum permissible load for Kiso horses trotting over a short, straight course

    | Contributor(s):: Matsuura, A., Inoue, S., Irimajiri, M., Hodate, K.

  7. Does a 4–6 Week Shoeing Interval Promote Optimal Foot Balance in the Working Equine?

    | Contributor(s):: Kirsty Lesniak, Jane Williams, Kerry Kuznik, Peter Douglas

    Variation in equine hoof conformation between farriery interventions lacks research, despite associations with distal limb injuries. This study aimed to determine linear and angular hoof variations pre- and post-farriery within a four to six week shoeing/trimming interval. Seventeen hoof and...

  8. The roles animal companions play in middle-aged males' lives: Examining the psychometric properties of a measure assessing males' human-animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Blazina, Chris, Bartone, Anne S., Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  9. Assessment of tobacco-related approach and attentional biases in smokers, cravers, ex-smokers, and non-smokers

    | Contributor(s):: Woud, Marcella L., Maas, Joyce, Wiers, Reinout W., Becker, Eni S., Rinck, Mike

  10. What's love got to do with it? Selecting animals for animal-assisted mental health interventions

    | Contributor(s):: MacNamara, Maureen, Moga, Jeannine, Pachel, Christopher, Fine, Aubrey H.

  11. Validation of a selection protocol of dogs involved in animal-assisted intervention

    | Contributor(s):: Mongillo, Paolo, Pitteri, Elisa, Adamelli, Serena, Bonichini, Sabrina, Farina, Luca, Marinelli, Lieta

  12. Measuring heart rate variability in horses to investigate the autonomic nervous system activity - pros and cons of different methods

    | Contributor(s):: Stucke, D., Ruse, M. G., Lebelt, D.

    Power spectrum analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) may provide insight into the mental state of the animal held in restricted specific experimental conditions. Determining inter-beat-interval (IBI) variations is one way to measure changes in autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity in horses....

  13. Measuring emotions toward wildlife: A review of generic methods and instruments

    | Contributor(s):: Jacobs, Maarten H., Fehres, Piera, Campbell, Michael

    Researchers are recognizing the importance of studying emotions for understanding human–wildlife interactions. This article reviews generic methods and instruments for assessing emotions, as developed within the affective sciences. Four broad categories of emotion measures can be distinguished:...

  14. Welfare monitoring schemes: using research to safeguard welfare of animals on the farm

    | Contributor(s):: Barnett, J. L., Hemsworth, P. H.

    There are a number of nonhuman animal welfare monitoring schemes for animals on the farm in Australia and in other countries. Although the majority of such schemes are voluntary rather than legislated, some are nevertheless enforced through a number of customer requirements that industries must...

  15. Development of a novel paradigm for the measurement of olfactory discrimination in dogs ( Canis familiaris): a pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Salvin, H. E., McGrath, C., McGreevy, P. D., Valenzuela, M. J.

    Olfactory dysfunction in older human beings has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline, yet age-related changes in olfactory behavior have received little attention in the dog model of human aging. We developed an odor habituation and fine odor discrimination...

  16. Effectiveness of fluoxetine to control fur-chewing behaviour in the chinchilla ( Chinchilla lanigera)

    | Contributor(s):: Galeano, M. G., Ruiz, R. D., Cuneo, M. F. de, Ponzio, M. F.

  17. The biobehavioral effects of stress related to fear and anxiety in domestic canines

    | Contributor(s):: Dreschel, Nancy A.

  18. Measuring attachment to companion animals: a dog is not a cat is not a bird

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    | Contributor(s):: R.Lee Zasloff

    Although the literature on human-animal interactions has documented the physical, psychological, and social benefits resulting from positive relationships with dogs, cats, and other kinds of companion animals, many attachment instruments include items that pertain to specific kinds of...

  19. Breeding dogs for beauty and behaviour: why scientists need to do more to develop valid and reliable behaviour assessments for dogs kept as companions

    | Contributor(s):: King, T., Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C.

  20. Cognitive bias in a non-human primate: husbandry procedures influence cognitive indicators of psychological well-being in captive rhesus macaques

    | Contributor(s):: Bethell, E. J., Holmes, A., MacLarnon, A., Semple, S.