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  1. Which personality dimensions do puppy tests measure? A systematic procedure for categorizing behavioral assays

    Contributor(s):: McGarrity, M. E., Sinn, D. L., Gosling, S. D.

    With the recent increase in interest in personality in dogs, behavioral assays of their behavior have proliferated. There has been particularly strong interest in predicting adult behavior from puppy tests. As a result, researchers and practitioners seeking to measure personality in puppies are...

  2. Why do adult dogs 'play'?

    Contributor(s):: Bradshaw, J. W. S., Pullen, A. J., Rooney, N. J.

    Among the Carnivora, play behaviour is usually made up of motor patterns characteristic of predatory, agonistic and courtship behaviour. Domestic dogs are unusual in that play is routinely performed by adults, both socially, with conspecifics and with humans, and also asocially, with objects....

  3. Conceptualising the Impact of Arousal and Affective State on Training Outcomes of Operant Conditioning

    Contributor(s):: Melissa J. Starling, Nicholas Branson, Denis Cody, Paul D. McGreevy

    Animal training relies heavily on an understanding of species-specific behaviour as it integrates with operant conditioning principles. Following on from recent studies showing that affective states and arousal levels may correlate with behavioural outcomes, we explore the contribution of both...

  4. 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...

  5. 'Canis empathicus'? A proposal on dogs' capacity to empathize with humans

    | Contributor(s):: Karine Silva, Liliana de Sousa

    Empathy has long attracted the attention of philosophers and psychologists, and more recently, of evolutionary biologists. Interestingly, studies suggest that empathy is a phylogenetically continuous phenomenon, ranging across animals from automatic emotional activation in response to the...

  6. Human cerebral response to animal affective vocalizations

    | Contributor(s):: Pascal Belin, Shirley Fecteau, Ian Charest, Nicholas Nicastro, Marc D Hauser, Jorge L Armony

    It is presently unknown whether our response to affective vocalizations is specific to those generated by humans or more universal, triggered by emotionally matched vocalizations generated by other species. Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging in normal participants to measure...

  7. Effects of a dolphin interaction program on children with autism spectrum disorders: an exploratory research

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    | Contributor(s):: Salgueiro, E., Nunes, L., Barros, A., Maroco, J., Salgueiro, A. I., Dos Santos, M. E.

  8. Mental Health Problems, Recovery, and the Impact of Green Care Services: A Qualitative, Participant-Focused Approach

    | Contributor(s):: Granerud, Arild, Eriksson, Bengt G.

  9. EASEL: Equine Assisted Social-Emotional Learning

    | Contributor(s):: Louhi-Lehtiö, Mari, Trotter, Kay Sudekum

  10. Grounded strategies that improve self-efficacy

    | Contributor(s):: Looman, Mary, Trotter, Kay Sudekum

  11. Man's best friend: The therapeutic impact of emotional relationships with animals

    | Contributor(s):: Woolf, Alison, Brown, Alix, Mohiyeddini, Changiz

  12. The human-animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: Hedges, S.

  13. Changes in emotion regulation and emotion recognition in adolescents: improvements during animal-assisted training.

    | Contributor(s):: Burger, E., Stetina, B. U., Turner, K., Lederman-Maman, T., Handlos, U., Kryspin-Exner, I.

  14. Increasing our compassion footprint: the Animals’ Manifesto

    | Contributor(s):: Bekoff, Marc

  15. Socio-emotional correlates of a schooldog-teacher-team in the classroom

    | Contributor(s):: Beetz, A.

  16. The role of affective touch in human-robot interaction: human intent and expectations in touching the Haptic Creature

    | Contributor(s):: Yohanan, Steve, MacLean, Karon E.

  17. The socioemotional effects of a computer-simulated animal on children’s empathy and humane attitudes.

    | Contributor(s):: Tsai, Yueh-Feng Lily, Kaufman, David M.

  18. 'Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?' An account of intensive psychotherapy with a seven-year-old boy in a special school

    | Contributor(s):: Robertson, Kate

    This paper gives an account of the developments in the intensive psychotherapy of a seven-year-old boy with global development delay. It also describes the adaptations to technique and the changes in the setting that were required to support the work, which was undertaken in a special school. The...

  19. And then the dog died

    | Contributor(s):: Kaufman, Kenneth R., Kaufman, Nathaniel D.

    Childhood grief and mourning of family and friends may have immediate and long-lasting consequences including depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, behavioral disturbances, and school underachievement. Childhood pet bereavement is no less important, because the pet is often considered a member...

  20. Determining the value of social companionship to captive tufted capuchin monkeys ( Cebus apella )

    | Contributor(s):: Dettmer, E., Fragaszy, D.

    The objective of the study is to assess the magnitude of the psychological need for social companionship in pair-housed tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) (six males and 1 female). The classification of commodities as necessities or luxuries are included. The study directly compared the...