Judgement bias in goats (Capra hircus): investigating the effects of human grooming
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| Contributor(s):: Luigi Baciadonna, Christian Nawroth, Alan G. McElligott
Animal emotional states can be investigated by evaluating their impact on cognitive processes. In this study, we used a judgement bias paradigm to determine if short-term positive human-animal interaction (grooming) induced a positive affective state in goats. We tested two groups of...
Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability during Sleep in Family Dogs (Canis familiaris). Moderate Effect of Pre-Sleep Emotions
| Contributor(s):: Bence Varga, Anna Gergely, Agoston Galambos, Anna Kis
It is common knowledge that negative emotions in humans are accompanied by both impaired subjective experience as well as maladaptive changes in behavior and physiology. The present paper investigates heart rate—one of the most commonly used emotion-related physiology measures—in...
The beneficial effects of horse trekking on autonomic nervous activity in experienced rider with no disability
| Contributor(s):: Matsuura, A., Maruta, H.
Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults
| Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden
Equine-facilitated learning (EFL) helps people access their immediate sensations and feelings because horses, as prey animals, are continually aware of their environment and provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions. We hypothesize that during EFL, older people become more aware...
Human-animal interactions and safety during dairy cattle handling - comparing moving cows to milking and hoof trimming
| Contributor(s):: Lindahl, C., Pinzke, S., Herlin, A., Keeling, L. J.
Cattle handling is a dangerous activity on dairy farms, and cows are a major cause of injuries to livestock handlers. Even if dairy cows are generally tranquil and docile, when situations occur that they perceive or remember as aversive, they may become agitated and hazardous to handle. This...
Reduced heart rate variability in pet dogs affected by anxiety-related behaviour problems
| Contributor(s):: Wormald, D., Lawrence, A. J., Carter, G., Fisher, A. D.
Human-animal interactions and safety during dairy cattle handling--Comparing moving cows to milking and hoof trimming
Physiological and Behavioral Responses of Horses to Wither Scratching and Patting the Neck When Under Saddle
| Contributor(s):: Thorbergson, Z. W., Nielsen, S. G., Beaulieu, R. J., Doyle, R. E.
Monty Roberts' Public Demonstrations: Preliminary Report on the Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability of Horses Undergoing Training during Live Audience Events
| Contributor(s):: Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales, Veronica L. Fowler
Effective training of horses relies on the trainer’s awareness of learning theory and equine ethology, and should be undertaken with skill and time. Some trainers, such as Monty Roberts, share their methods through the medium of public demonstrations. This paper describes the opportunistic...
Changes in human health parameters associated with a touch tank experience at a zoological institution
| Contributor(s):: Sahrmann, John M., Niedbalski, Amy, Bradshaw, Louise, Johnson, Rebecca, Deem, Sharon L.
Pet therapy: Enhancing social and cardiovascular wellness in community dwelling older adults
| Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Kolassa, John
Hippotherapy acute impact on heart rate variability non-linear dynamics in neurological disorders
| Contributor(s):: Cabiddu, R.
Effects of a brief mindfulness meditation intervention on student stress and heart rate variability
| Contributor(s):: Shearer, Annie, Hunt, Melissa, Chowdhury, Mifta, Nicol, Lorena
Puppy temperament assessments predict breed and American Kennel Club group but not adult temperament
| Contributor(s):: Robinson, L. M., Thompson, R. S., Ha, J. C.
Puppy assessments for companion dogs have shown mixed long-term reliability. Temperament is cited among the reasons for surrendering dogs to shelters. A puppy temperament test that reliably predicts adult behavior is one potential way to lower the number of dogs given to shelters. This study used...
Behavioural, endocrine and cardiac autonomic responses to a model of startle in horses
| Contributor(s):: Villas-Boas, J. D., Dias, D. P. M., Trigo, P. I., Almeida, N. A. dos S., Almeida, F. Q. de, Medeiros, M. A. de
Startle is a fast response elicited by sudden acoustic, tactile or visual stimuli in a variety of animal species and in humans. The magnitude of startle response can be modulated by external and internal variables and can be a useful tool to study the sensory-motor integration in animals....
Pinch-induced behavioural inhibition (clipthesia) as a restraint method for cats during veterinary examinations: preliminary results on cat susceptibility and welfare
| Contributor(s):: Nuti, V., Cantile, C., Gazzano, A., Sighieri, C., Mariti, C.
Cats are often subjected to minimally painful or forced procedures during routine clinical practice, which can be poorly tolerated, leading veterinary surgeons to need to offer physical restraint, usually aided by an assistant. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness and ultimate...
Physiological effects of a companion robot on blood pressure of older people in residential care facility: a pilot study
| Contributor(s):: Robinson, H., MacDonald, B., Broadbent, E.
Physiological responses of college students to a pet
| Contributor(s):: Wilson, C. C.
The "pet effect": physiological calming in the presence of canines
| Contributor(s):: Wheeler, E. A., Faulkner, M. E.
The "pet effect," whereby interaction with a companion animal reduces the physiological indices of stress, varies with respect to fear of animals, companion animal guardianship, type of companion animal, or types of stress. In this study, a non-clinical sample of 223 undergraduates underwent the...
A trained demonstrator has a calming effect on naive horses when crossing a novel surface
| Contributor(s):: Rorvang, M. V., Ahrendt, L. P., Christensen, J. W.
Habituated horses have been found to have a calming effect on conspecifics in fear-eliciting situations. In practice, experienced horses are often used as companions when young horses are introduced to potentially frightening situations, like loading onto a trailer. However, studies of social...