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  1. 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...

  2. The Effects of Receiving Animal Assisted Therapy on the Self-Efficacy and Reading Fluency of Struggling Readers

    Contributor(s):: Lisa M. Smith

    The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of using animal-assisted therapy on the self-efficacy and reading fluency of struggling readers. The measurement tool used was Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills (DIBELS) and the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey. This study...

  3. Eläinavusteinen toiminta osana sosiaali- ja terveysalaa : Pirkanmaan Hali-Bernit tuottamassa hyvää oloa

    Contributor(s):: Sini Reini

    Opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena on tutkia ja tarkastella eläinavusteista toimintaa ja sen yhteyttä sosiaali- ja terveysalaan. Tarkemmin eriteltynä tarkoituksena on selvittää mitä eläinavusteinen toiminta on, miten eläinavusteinen toiminta voi...

  4. The Perceived Psychosocial Benefits of Pet Ownership on Child Development: A Parental Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Erin K. Leahy

    The purpose of this review is to explore the beneficial role pets play in facilitating the psychosocial development of preadolescent children. It is proposed that the pet is perceived by both the child and parent as a developmental resource during preadolescent development, as it assists the...

  5. Koira-avusteinen terapia lasten psyykkisten häiriöiden hoidossa

    Contributor(s):: Susanna Tuovinen

    Koira-avusteinen psykoterapia on maailmalla tunnettu hoitomuoto psyykkisten häiriöiden hoidossa. Suomessa se ei kuitenkaan ole vielä saavuttanut samanlaista suosiota. Tämä opinnäytetyö kertoo koira-avusteisesta terapiasta ja sen käytöstä...

  6. Educação assistida por animais : intervenção em crianças com alterações de comportamento

    Contributor(s):: Ãngela Maria Dias de Vilhena e Mascarenhas

    A realização deste estudo terá a intenção de levantar a possibilidade e verificar a exequibilidade da implementação de projectos / programas de Intervenções Assistidas por Animais / Educação Assistida por Animais...

  7. Experiencing Pet Loss as a Child: A Parental Perspective

    Contributor(s):: Sarah Jayne Parkin

    Due to the positive contributions many companion animals make to the lives of others, it is common for individuals to build strong emotional attachments to their pets. Individuals who have strong relationships with their pets are likely to experience an equally strong grief reaction following...

  8. Interação humano-cão: o social constituído pela relação interespécie

    Contributor(s):: Ceres Berger Faraco

    A presente tese consiste de estudos na área da Psicologia, abordando o sistema social na lnteração Humano-Cão. Defende-se que ha uma sociedade particular constituída por humanos e cães e que a teoria sobre o social de Humberto Maturana nos oferece apoio...

  9. The efficacy of therapy dogs as teaching adjuncts in promoting empathy in preschool children

    Contributor(s):: Michael Jeffrey Donaldson

    The purpose of this study was to present empirical evidence about the efficacy of using therapy dogs as teacher adjuncts in schools to promote the social and emotional skills of preschool-aged children. Across a nine-week period of time, preschool-aged children assigned to the treatment condition...

  10. Children's Perceptions of Friendliness Based on Physical Appearance in Humans and Canines

    Contributor(s):: Elizabeth B. Seagroves

    Physical appearance serves as a window to one's character. More specifically, faces give us clues to an individual's emotional state, personality, and behavior. The present study aims to draw parallels between what existing literature reveals about the physical characteristics humans use...

  11. Face processing of animal and human static stimuli by children with autism spectrum disorder: a pilot study

    Contributor(s):: Grandgeorge, M., Degrez, C., Alavi, Z., Lemonnier, E.

    Animals are part of humans' social environment and present numerous benefits. Each partner in a human-animal interaction uses signals emitted by the other (e.g. postures, gestures or gaze directions) to collect information to adjust their behaviour. Face processing impairment is associated with...

  12. Runne-Beana: dog herds ethnographer

    Contributor(s):: Anderson, M.

    Saami society in Lapland (now often called Saapmi), particularly the seasonally-nomadic reindeer-breeding sector, is predicated upon mobility and autonomy of its actors. Runne-Beana, a talented reindeer-herding dog, exhibited both mobility and autonomy when allocating to himself a peripatetic...

  13. The development of a canine para-agility program: positive affects in children with autism and in therapy dogs

    Contributor(s):: Pop, D., Rusu, A. S., Miresan, V.

    Previous research has demonstrated that both children and dogs might benefit from Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA), with some factors mediating/moderating the results. The present study took these factors into consideration, by creating an AAA program consisting of two types of human-animal...

  14. Measuring dog-owner relationships: crossing boundaries between animal behaviour and human psychology

    Contributor(s):: Rehn, T., Keeling, L. J.

    Previous research suggests that dogs (Canis familiaris) form attachment bonds to their owners and that the strengths of the attachment can vary. However, it does not seem reasonable to believe that all dogs share the same attachment style, considering their differences in genetic background,...

  15. The Coleman Dog Attitude Scale (C-DAS): development, refinement, validation, and reliability

    Contributor(s):: Coleman, J. A., Green, B., Garthe, R. C., Worthington, E. L., Jr., Barker, S. B., Ingram, K. M.

    Human-animal interactions have been studied for many years. As the human-animal interaction field continues to grow, the need for measures that adequately assess fundamental human-animal domains (e.g., relationships, interactions, attachments, bonds) also increases. Specifically, attitudes toward...

  16. Justice for all? Children's moral reasoning about the welfare and rights of endangered species

    Contributor(s):: Ruckert, J. H.

    This study reports children's developing moral concerns for endangered animals. Three questions were addressed: (1) Do children conceive of not harming an endangered animal as a moral obligation? (2) Do children use biocentric (nature-centered) moral reasoning? and (3) Does a developmental shift...

  17. Exploring children's perspectives on the welfare needs of pet animals

    Contributor(s):: Muldoon, J. C., Williams, J. M., Lawrence, A.

    Children are increasingly viewed as important recipients of educational interventions to improve animal welfare, yet research examining their perspectives is lacking, particularly within the UK. Helping children to care appropriately for animals depends, not least, on an ability to understand the...

  18. Characterizing the data in online companion-dog obituaries to assess their usefulness as a source of information about human-animal bonds

    Contributor(s):: MacKay, J. R. D., Moore, J., Huntingford, F.

    Online pet obituary sites host hundreds of obituaries regarding the passing of companion animals. Often composed by the owner or primary caretaker of the animal, they are a potential source of data about human-animal bonds where there were strong positive human emotions surrounding the animal at...

  19. Children's beliefs about animal minds (Child-BAM): associations with positive and negative child-animal interactions

    Contributor(s):: Hawkins, R. D., Williams, J. M.

    Children and animals can have a great impact on each other's lives, yet little is known about the underpinnings of these relationships. Children's interactions with animals may be influenced by their belief in animal minds, that animals are sentient and experience thoughts and feelings. This...

  20. Behavioral and self-report measures influencing children's reported attachment to their dog

    Contributor(s):: Hall, N. J., Liu, JingWen, Kertes, D., Wynne, C. D. L.

    Despite the prevalence of dogs as family pets and increased scientific interest in canine behavior, few studies have investigated characteristics of the child or dog that influence the child-dog relationship. In the present study, we explored how behavioral and some self-report measures influence...