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Therapy dogs on campus: An exploration of how dog therapy services affect undergraduate students' stress levels
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| Contributor(s):: Tanna Lauriente, Drayden A.D. Kopp
University can be stressful for many undergraduates. Fortunately, there are various stress reduction strategies, including weekly dog therapy sessions, offered at Thompson Rivers University. This study investigated the effects of dog therapy on students via a self-reported stress survey....
Healing dolphins? Cognitive and perceptual criticisms in Dolphin-Assisted Therapy
| Contributor(s):: Cinzia Chiandetti
Since the '70s new therapeutic practices have been developed, involving the interaction between humans and dolphins - Tursiops truncatus in particular. Such practices are known as Dolphin-Assisted Therapies (DAT), a specific case of a more heterogeneous set of experiences with cetaceans...
A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot
| Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga
This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...
The horse as an "enabler" in horseback riding : the history of therapeutic horsemanship
| Contributor(s):: Susanna Hedenborg
The horse as an “enabler” in horseback riding – the history of therapeutic horsemanship The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyse the history of therapeutic horsemanship in Sweden. Sports used as therapy have a long history. This paper however, will focus...
An Interdisciplinary Approach of Animal Assisted Therapy for the Special Needs Children
| Contributor(s):: Victor Chitic
The study investigates the dynamic of verbal and non-verbal communication in the context of Animal Assisted Therapy for children with special needs, using ethological and sociometrical methods (i.e. focal individual sampling, ethogram and sequential behavior analysis). The study followed the...