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  1. The Effects of Tactile and Indirect Contact with Dogs in a College Population

    Contributor(s):: Kalina Welch

    To assess how physiological stress response is affected by human-canine interactions, one hundred-thirty (n=130) Carroll College students in Helena, Montana participated in trials designed to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in low- and...

  2. Tangible space: centre for animal assisted therapy.

    Contributor(s):: Andri Verwey

    In the Centre for Animal Assisted Therapy, animals act as a therapeutic intervention to improve the well-being of therapy patients. The main medical success of this mode of therapy lies within the tactile experience of touch. This thesis is about discovering an architecture that acts as a...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. Best practices for designing and planning events where human-animal interactions are encouraged, based on observations of risk behaviors and hand hygiene at such events

    Contributor(s):: Gonzalo Erdozain

    Outbreaks of human illness have been linked to visiting settings with animal contact throughout developed countries. These outbreaks demonstrate that although contact with animals in public settings can provide educational and entertainment opportunities, the potential to spread disease exists if...

  7. Touching and Gesture Exchange as an Element of Emotional Bond Construction. Application of Visual Sociology in the Research on Interaction between Humans and Animals

    Contributor(s):: Krzysztof Tomasz Konecki

    The article analyse the problem of human - animals bond creation. The analysis of video - recordings was used to beserve the gesture exchange between animals and humans. The grounded theory was used to analyse visuality of the emotional bond creation.

  8. Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans

    Contributor(s):: Suvilehto, J. T., Glerean, E., Dunbar, R. I., Hari, R., Nummenmaa, L.

  9. Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans

    Contributor(s):: Suvilehto, J. T., Glerean, E., Dunbar, R. I., Hari, R., Nummenmaa, L.

  10. Physiological responses of college students to a pet

    Contributor(s):: Wilson, C. C.

  11. Heart rate changes in the horse to human contact

    Contributor(s):: Lynch, J. J., Fregin, G. F., Mackie, J. B., Monroe, R. R., Jr.

  12. The reinforcing value of physical contact and the effect on canine heart rate of grooming in different anatomical areas

    Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Righetti, J., Thomson, P. C.

    The human-animal relationship frequently involves physical touch, and this may have benefits for both participants. Grooming of horses at the withers has a calming effect on recipients, a phenomenon regularly used to reward horses. No studies on the effect on heart rate of grooming in different...

  13. Safe touch using horses to teach sexually abused clients to value their bodies and themselves

    Contributor(s):: Faa-Thompson, Tracie, Trotter, Kay Sudekum

  14. The Tellington Methodâ„¢: A technique for equine assisted counseling

    Contributor(s):: Welsch, Tanya, Trotter, Kay Sudekum

  15. The role of affective touch in human-robot interaction: human intent and expectations in touching the Haptic Creature

    Contributor(s):: Yohanan, Steve, MacLean, Karon E.

  16. The physiological and behavioural impact of sensory contact among unfamiliar adult mice in the laboratory

    Contributor(s):: Rettich, A., Kasermann, H. P., Pelczar, P., Burki, K., Arras, M.

    Housing mice in the laboratory in groups enables social interaction and is the way a laboratory should house mice. However, adult males show reciprocal aggression and are therefore frequently housed individually. Alternatively, a grid divider, which allows sensory contact by sight and smell but...

  17. Cardiovascular responses to a pet snake

    Contributor(s):: Alonso, Y.

  18. An investigation of the use of touch in the social interactions of a group of Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants

    Contributor(s):: Makecha, Radhika Narendra

  19. [Affective behavioural responses by dogs to tactile human-dog interactions]

    Contributor(s):: Kuhne, F., Hossler, J. C., Struwe, R.

  20. Animal-assisted therapy enhances resident social interaction and initiation in long-term care facilities

    Contributor(s):: Bernstein, P. L., Friedmann, E., Malaspina, A.

    Compared the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with nonanimal therapy (NAT) for providing social stimulation among long term care (LTC) residents. The study was conducted at 2 LTC facilities with 122 and 200 residents. NATs included snack bingo or arts and crafts, while AAT involved...