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Pets go to college: the influence of pets on students' perceptions of faculty and their offices

By M. Wells, R. Perrine

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The present study examined the effects of the presence of a pet in a professor's office on college students' perceptions of the office and the professor. Students (n=257) were randomly assigned to view a slide of an office that contained either a dog, a cat, or no animal. Students perceived the office to be more comfortable and the professor to be friendlier when there was a dog in the office than when there was a cat or no animal in the office. They also perceived the professor who occupied the office with a cat to be less busy than the professors who occupied the offices with a dog and with no animal. These results imply that professors may be able to positively influence students' impressions of them by having a dog or a cat in their offices.

Date 2001
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 14
Issue 3
Pages 161-168
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279301786999472
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, 127 Cammack, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 40475, USA.rose.perrine@eku.edu
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  1. Anthrozoology
  2. Attitudes
  3. Cats
  4. Developed countries
  5. Dogs
  6. Human-animal relationships
  7. Kentucky
  8. Mammals
  9. North America
  10. OECD countries
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Pets and companion animals
  13. Primates
  14. students
  15. surveys
  16. teachers
  17. United States of America
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