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Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 2

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  1. Oxytocin responses after dog and cat interactions depend on pet ownership and may affect interpersonal trust

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Benjamin A. Curry, Brianne Donaldson, Moana Vercoe, Matthew Filippo, Paul J. Zak

    Although many of us interact daily with animals, we have lit t le understanding of how this affects our interactions with people. This study assessed the physiological effects of human-animal interactions and tested if this affected interpersonal trust. Participants (N=141) were assigned to...

  2. The impact of an equine facilitated learning program on youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): P. Erdman, D. Miller, S. Jacobson

    The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of an equine facilitated learning program on youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who were paired with typically developing peers. Even though there has been an increasing interest in the field of animal assisted interventions and the...

  3. "Before, he fought every day with the horse and with me": reducing violence in a Guatemalan community through a horse-handling program

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): J.L. Gibbons, C.A. Cunningham, L. Paiz, K.E. Poelker, M.A. Montufar Cardenas

    Community and family violence are endemic in Guatemala. We evaluated the effectiveness of a horse-handling program to reduce violent attitudes and aggressive behavior. Eighteen community members who worked with horses in their daily lives (16 men, 2 women, ages 15 to 58) participated in four...

  4. His bark is worse than his bite: perceptions and rationalization of canine aggressive behavior

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Rachel Orritt, Harriet Gross, Todd Hogue

    Qualitative methods are increasingly used to investigate the complexities of the dog-human relationship. In order to inform a larger study of human dog interaction, a focus group study was carried out to address the question 'How is aggressive behavior in dogs perceived and rationalized by...

  5. Book Review:"The Practice of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: An innovative modality for facilitating mental wellness"

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): A. Matamonasa-Bennett

    This sixteen chapter book details the experiences of the author whose primary therapeutic practice incorporates dogs in a clinical setting with children, adolescents, adults, and families. It is an introductory book written in a relaxed and accessible style with a number of case examples and...

  6. Book Review: "The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals"

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): A. Matamonasa-Bennett

    In previous book reviews (2013; 2014), I have explored the power of literature to engage students and practitioners in discourse on the complexities of humananimal relationships. Lauren Slater's autobiographical memoir is a beautifully written work that engages the reader and†...