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  1. "I can haz emoshuns?": understanding anthropomorphosis of cats among internet users

    Contributor(s):: Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Daniel Mills, Sarah Ellis, Helen Zulch

    The attribution of human-like traits to non-human animals, termed anthropomorphism, can lead to misunderstandings of animal behaviour, which can result in risks to both human and animal wellbeing and welfare. In this paper, we, during an inter-disciplinary collaboration between social computing...

  2. "I throw them out of here": the horse trade as phronetic action

    Contributor(s):: Schuurman, N.

    Practices involving horses have become increasingly popular in the spheres of sport and leisure throughout the Western world, and the trade in selling horses has expanded. The horse is characteristically understood as a commodity to be bought and sold several times during its lifetime. What is...

  3. "Nudging them back to reality": toward a growing public acceptance of the role dogs fulfill in ameliorating contemporary veterans' PTSD symptoms

    Contributor(s):: Taylor, M. F., Edwards, M. E., Pooley, J. A.

  4. "Take me under your wing" - love in animal-assisted psychotherapy: a clinical perspective on the unique therapeutic bond between animals and humans [Practice]

    Contributor(s):: Lev-Bendov, S., Barel, I., Parish-Plass, N.

  5. "The simple magic of life": phenomenology, ontology, and animal ethics

    Contributor(s):: Weisberg, Z.

    This paper explores the important contribution phenomenology can make to animal ethics. The underlying assumption is that animal ethics is as strong as the conception of animal ontology it takes for granted. I contend that Peter Singer's reductive ontology of animals as suffering beings leads him...

  6. 'Canis empathicus'? A proposal on dogs' capacity to empathize with humans

    Contributor(s):: Karine Silva, Liliana de Sousa

    Empathy has long attracted the attention of philosophers and psychologists, and more recently, of evolutionary biologists. Interestingly, studies suggest that empathy is a phylogenetically continuous phenomenon, ranging across animals from automatic emotional activation in response to the...

  7. 'Don't talk!': Trauma and dissociation in play therapy

    Contributor(s):: Helm, Heather M., Snow, Marilyn S., Triplett, Vera B., Morgan, Michael M., Lambert, Serena M.

  8. 'I love this dog'

    Contributor(s):: Weiss, Astrid, Wurhofer, Daniela, Tscheligi, Manfred

  9. 'Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?' An account of intensive psychotherapy with a seven-year-old boy in a special school

    Contributor(s):: Robertson, Kate

    This paper gives an account of the developments in the intensive psychotherapy of a seven-year-old boy with global development delay. It also describes the adaptations to technique and the changes in the setting that were required to support the work, which was undertaken in a special school. The...

  10. A Case for the Interspecies Transfer of Emotions: A Preliminary Investigation on How Humans Odors Modify Reactions of the Autonomic Nervous System in Horses

    Contributor(s):: Lanata, A., Nardelli, M., Valenza, G., Baragli, P., DrAniello, B., Alterisio, A., Scandurra, A., Semin, G. R., Scilingo, E. P.

  11. A comparison of attitudes towards animals between the German- and French-speaking part of Switzerland

    Contributor(s):: Fehlbaum, B., Waiblinger, E., Turner, D. C.

  12. A comparison of empathy for humans and empathy for animals

    Contributor(s):: Angantyr, M., Eklund, J., Hansen, E. M.

    Although there is a substantial body of research on inter-human empathy and inter-animal empathy, there is a dearth of research comparing humans' empathic reactions to humans and animals. To address this issue, three experiments were conducted in which participants read a scenario about a human...

  13. A comparison of the grief reaction of children and adults: Focusing on pet loss and bereavement

    Contributor(s):: Jarolmen, JoAnn

  14. A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness

    Contributor(s):: Gilbey, A., McNicholas, J., Collis, G. M.

    The widely held belief that companion animal ownership can help to reduce loneliness was tested using a quasi-experimental longitudinal design. Over a six-month period, 59 participants completed the UCLA-Loneliness Scale when they were seeking to acquire a companion animal. Participants'...

  15. A note on reward-related behaviour and emotional expressions in farmed silver foxes ( Vulpes vulpes ) - basis for a novel tool to study animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Moe, R. O., Bakken, M., Kittilsen, S., Kingsley-Smith, H., Spruijt, B. M.

    The present study aimed to investigate the profile and quantitative aspects of reward-related behaviour and emotional expressions during anticipation of positive (predictable or various unpredictable) or negative (predictable) rewards in a Pavlovian trace conditioning paradigm in farmed silver...

  16. A Pet Can Say "You're Special" to a Special Child

    Contributor(s):: Johnson, Jacqueline J.

  17. A piece of my mind. Dog pals

    Contributor(s):: Zink, T. M.

  18. A preliminary study of the effects of handling type on horses' emotional reactivity and the human-horse relationship

    Contributor(s):: Fureix, C., Pages, M., Bon, R., Lassalle, J. M., Kuntz, P., Gonzalez, G.

  19. A preliminary study of the effects of individual response to challenge tests and stress induced by humans on learning performance of weaned piglets (Sus scrofa)

    Contributor(s):: Brajon, S., Laforest, J. P., Schmitt, O., Devillers, N.

    This study investigated whether individual behavioural characteristics of piglets and stress induced by experience with humans can influence learning performance. After weaning, piglets received a chronic experience with humans to modulate their emotional state: rough (ROU), gentle (GEN), or...

  20. A review of behavioural methods to study emotion and mood in pigs, Sus scrofa

    Contributor(s):: Murphy, E., Nordquist, R. E., Staay, F. J. van der

    The study of emotions in animals is of increasing importance to a number of disciplines such as animal welfare science and affective neuroscience. Pigs are a common farm animal species, most often reared in intensive systems. Moreover, they are increasingly being used in laboratories. To...