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  1. Be kind to others: Prosocial behaviours and their implications for animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Rault, Jean-Loup

    Social interactions are central to the health and psychological well-being of domestic animals. Until now, research has overwhelmingly focused on negative social behaviours such as aggression or the lack of social interactions such as social separation and isolation. This contradicts the fact...

  2. The exceptions that prove the rule? Spontaneous helping behaviour towards humans in some domestic dogs

    Contributor(s):: Jaasma, Linda, Kamm, Isabelle, Ploeger, Annemie, Kret, Mariska E.

    Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are skilled at reading and correctly responding to human communicative gestures to locate hidden food. Whether they, like chimpanzees, will understand requests for help in retrieving a fallen object, is not known. The aim of this study was to examine whether dogs...

  3. Why Do We Care?: A Natural History of Noddings' Ethical Theory

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    | Contributor(s):: Walter Jason Niedermeyer

    Noddings’ theory of caring, which is nearing its 35th anniversary, has failed to garner the attention of the more classical theories of ethics. This slight may be due to its relative youth, or the historical support for other constructs, but if examined through the lens of...

  4. Stepping out of the shadows of Alzheimer's disease: a phenomenological hermeneutic study of older people with Alzheimer's disease caring for a therapy dog

    | Contributor(s):: Swall, A., Ebbeskog, B., Lundh Hagelin, C., Fagerberg, I.

  5. An Examination of the Cost-Benefit Ratio of Raising Guide Dog Puppies

    | Contributor(s):: Whitney Vail, Genevieve L. Y. Arnaut PhD PsyD (adviser), Michel Hersen PhD ABPP (adviser)

    This survey study examined the ratio of costs versus benefits for raising guide dog puppies, as well as whether participating in this volunteer program may be considered an altruistic act. One hundred and forty-nine male and female Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. puppy raisers (ages 12 to 69)...

  6. The origins of empathy and altruism

    | Contributor(s):: Zahn-Waxler, Carolyn, Hollenbeck, Barbara, Radke-Yarrow, Marian, Fox, M. W., Mickley, L. D.

  7. The paradoxes of voluntarism

    | Contributor(s):: Podjed, Dan

  8. Beyond self-interest and altruism: Herbalist and leopard brothers in an Indian wildlife sanctuary

    | Contributor(s):: Snodgrass, Jeffrey G., Sharma, Satish Kumar, Jhala, Yuvraj Singh, Lacy, Michael G., Advani, Mohan, Bhargava, N. K., Upadhyay, Chakrapani

    This article discusses the environmental ethics of Indigenous herbalists inhabiting the Phulwari ki Nal Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India. Our respondents protected forests from activities like illicit tree felling because (a) they realized that their own human well-being is tied to the fate...

  9. The Origins of Empathy and Altruism

    | Contributor(s):: B. Hollenbeck, M. Radke-Yarrow, C. Zahn-Waxler

    We will describe theories and research that try to explain the development, especially in children, of sensitivity to the needs of others. Are children born with empathy? Is it instinctive or learned? What kinds of changes do humane feelings and behaviors undergo as children develop? How do the...

  10. Animal-Assisted Therapy: Motives and Rewards

    | Contributor(s):: Kailee Victoria Collins

    Animal-assisted therapy is a complimentary therapy utilized in health care to provide goal-directed therapy using dogs. The purpose of this study was to understand what motivates individuals to being animal-assisted volunteering and rewards that encourage and sustain animal-assisted volunteering....

  11. Redesigning the donation box: the effect of animal banks on donations for animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Gueguen, N.

  12. Liberating the Enlightenment: How a Transformed Relationship with Animals Can Help Us Transcend Modernity

    | Contributor(s):: Williams, Cassandra D.

  13. Can we live without cats? Interpreting and expanding on Ellson's question from a cat-lover's perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Megehee, Carol

  14. Comment on 'Can we live without a dog? Consumption life cycles in dog-owner relationships.'

    | Contributor(s):: O'Shaughnessy, John

  15. An Exploration of the Health Benefits of Factors That Help Us to Thrive

    | Contributor(s):: Ironson, Gail H., Powell, Lynda H.

  16. How did altruism and reciprocity evolve in humans? Perspectives from experiments on chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)

    | Contributor(s):: Yamamoto, Shinya, Tanaka, Masayuki

  17. Close social associations in animals and humans: Functions and mechanisms of friendship

    | Contributor(s):: Massen, Jorg J. M., Sterck, Elisabeth H. M., de Vos, Henk

  18. Made For Each Other, The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond

    | Contributor(s):: Olmert, Meg Daley

  19. Befriending man's best friends: Does altruism toward animals promote psychological and physical health?

    | Contributor(s):: Dizon, Marivic, Butler, Lisa D., Koopman, Cheryl

  20. Comment on 'Can we live without a dog? Consumption life cycles in dog-owner relationships.'

    | Contributor(s):: O'Shaughnessy, John