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  1. PAWsitive Outlook: The Effects of Human-Animal Interaction on Incarcerated Women Participating in a Prison-based Animal Program

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    | Contributor(s):: Katherine Sohn

    This study investigates the effects of human-animal interactions, bonds and relationships on incarcerated individuals through their involvement in a prison-based animal training program. The context of the study provides a unique opportunity to examine human-animal interaction in a situation of...

  2. KOIRA-AVUSTEISUUS ARTIKKELEIDEN NÄKÖKULMASTA : Kuinka koira-avusteisuudesta kirjoitetaan sosiaali- ja terveysalan ammattilehdissä

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    | Contributor(s):: Jenni Kääpä

    Tämän opinnäytetyön aiheena on koira-avusteisuus sosiaali- ja terveysalan mahdollisuutena. Näkökulma aiheeseen on, kuinka koira-avusteisuudesta kirjoitetaan erilaisissa asiantuntija-artikkeleissa. Teoriaosuudessa tutkitaan käsitteitä koira-avusteisuus ja...

  3. Understanding the Value of Dog Facilitated Psychotherapy, What Theory Emerges?

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    | Contributor(s):: Annemarie Una Harmon O'Brien

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a field that is growing substantially with animals purported to be a panacea from everything from autism to prisoner reform. In many countries they are incorporated into psychotherapy process. The researcher wanted to explore if this is a valid form of practice, the...

  4. Domestic dogs' understanding of human emotional cues

    | Contributor(s):: Min Hooi Yong

    Past research has focused on the ability of domestic dogs to recognise human communicative cues such as human pointing, eye gaze, attachment behaviour, social learning, and responses to affective stimuli. However, there is still much to be learned about dogs’ ability to recognise human...

  5. Sensing and recognizing affective touch in a furry zoomorphic object

    | Contributor(s):: Anna Flagg

    Over the last decade, the surprising fact has emerged that machines can possess therapeutic power. Due to the many healing qualities of touch, one route to such power is in haptic emotional interaction, which in turn requires sophisticated touch sensing and interpretation. We explore the...

  6. The Haptic Creature : social human-robot interaction through affective touch

    | Contributor(s):: Steven John Yohanan

    Emotion communication is an important aspect of social interaction. Affect display research from psychology as well as social human-robot interaction has focused primarily on facial or vocal behaviors, as these are the predominant means of expression for humans. Much less attention, however, has...

  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. Empathy Towards Non-Human Animals: Its Role in Emotion Recognition, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Hoarding Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Elisa Silvia Colombo

    Background: empathy has been defined as a vicarious affective response that arises from attending another individual’s emotional experience and is more appropriate to another’s situation than one’s own. It is a complex and multidimensional psychological process, which involves...

  9. Mājdzīvnieku loma vientulības mazināšanā: dzīvnieki kā cilvēku aizstājēji

    | Contributor(s):: Maija Jaunzeme

    Vientulība ir universāls, tomēr joprojām līdz galam neizprasts fenomens gan zinātnē, gan sabiedrībā. Vientulības cēloņi var būt dažādi, taču tie vienmēr saistīti ar atšķirtību- vai nu sociālu vai emocionālu. Lai mazinātu vientulības sajūtu, ir nepieciešama kvalitatīva komunikācija,...

  10. Exploring Attitudes Toward Euthanasia Among Shelter Workers and Volunteers in Japan and the U.S.

    | Contributor(s):: Maho Cavalier

    Conflicts between foreign and Japanese volunteers concerning decisions to euthanize animals that are in terminal condition were noted during anecdotal observation by this author at a Japanese animal rescue shelter. Thus, this research was undertaken to explore attitudes of shelter staff in Japan....

  11. The Effects of Animal-Assisted Activities on the Social and Emotional Development of Young Children with Characteristics of Emotional Behavioral Disorders

    | Contributor(s):: Elaine K. Schmid

    As emotional behavioral disorders become more prevalent throughout the school-age population, intervention during the early childhood ages is becoming key. Considering that social emotional delays are risk factors for emotional behavioral disorders and the evidence of social-emotional health in...

  12. Developing visual discrimination tasks for dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Joana Maria Guilherme Martins Fernandes

    The study of animal emotion has risen in the past decades, and because non-human animals cannot talk about their feelings, different techniques have been developed with the aim to understand emotions and improve animal welfare. Here, I intended to assess animal emotions by two different...

  13. Laterality in dogs in response to odour of human stress

    | Contributor(s):: Maren Helene Burdahl Teien

    Can dogs smell that humans are stressed? Lateralization of behaviour and neural functions is found among humans and non-human animals like mammals, amphibians, birds, fishes and reptiles. The structures in the right hemisphere tend to be more active in response to to novel stimuli, and intense...

  14. Exploring the Grief Experience Among Bereaved Pet Owners

    | Contributor(s):: Liam Remillard

    This thesis is an exploration of the grief that pet owners experience resulting from the death of pet with attention towards complicated grief. The first study involved a content analysis of 75 call notes recorded by volunteers of the Ontario Veterinary College Guelph Pet Loss Support Hotline...

  15. The Silent Language of Emotions: Equine Inspired Leadership Development

    | Contributor(s):: West, Rebecca A.

  16. Human Animal Interaction as an Intervention with At-Risk Youth: Assessing the Change in Cognitions, Emotional Intelligence and Empathy

    | Contributor(s):: Thomas, Jessica

  17. Animals' Capability to Bond and the Implications that Follow

    | Contributor(s):: Falyn Goldfarb

    This paper explores the ways in which humans have historically viewed animals, with a focus on Descartes theory automata. Further concepts of the problem of different minds, inherent value, empathy, love, friendship, grief, isolation, anthropomorphism, and biochemistry (focusing on oxytocin,...

  18. Pet Perks: An Examnation and Analysis of the Relationship Between Companion Animals and the Development of Empathy

    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Lee Word

    This study investigated existing pet-owner relationships in order to determine how they influenced the development of emotional empathy in humans. A sample of 260 undergraduate students at Texas State University with an average of 20 years, consisting of mostly female (75%) participants,...

  19. The Role of Experience in the Human Perception of Emotion in Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Michele Wan

    To investigate the role of experience in interspecific emotion perception, humans with various levels of dog experience provided their interpretations of emotion in dogs using the dogs' visual signals (body language). First, a set of 30 short videos of dogs was assembled, and a panel of eight...

  20. The integration of animal companions in a narrative therapy approach

    | Contributor(s):: Keshishian, Sareen L.