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  1. Moral decision-making in pettism: The influence of animal type, pet ownership status, and social distance

    Contributor(s):: Xu, K. P., Ou, Q. Q., Luo, D. L., Shi, X. T., Li, K., Xue, H., Huang, Y. H., Turel, O., Zhang, S. Y., He, Q. H.

  2. The Complexity of the Human-Animal Bond: Empathy, Attachment and Anthropomorphism in Human-Animal Relationships and Animal Hoarding

    Contributor(s):: Prato-Previde, E., Basso Ricci, E., Colombo, E. S.

    The human-animal relationship is ancient, complex and multifaceted. It may have either positive effects on humans and animals or poor or even negative and detrimental effects on animals or both humans and animals. A large body of literature has investigated the beneficial effects of this...

  3. Contagious yawning is not a signal of empathy: no evidence of familiarity, gender or prosociality biases in dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Patrick Neilands, Scott Claessens, Ivy Ren, Rebecca Hassall, Amalia P. M. Bastos, Alex H. Taylor

    Contagious yawning has been suggested to be a potential signal of empathy in non-human animals. However, few studies have been able to robustly test this claim. Here, we ran a Bayesian multilevel reanalysis of six studies of contagious yawning in dogs. This provided robust support for claims...

  4. “Emotional Proximity” and “Spatial Proximity”: Higher Relationship Quality and Nearer Distance Both Strengthen Scratch Contagion in Tibetan Macaques

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    | Contributor(s):: Zhang, Yu-Heng, Wang, Xi, Chen, Meng-Meng, Tai, Yi-Mei, Li, Jin-Hua

    Behavioral contagion has been defined as a phenomenon in which an unlearned behavior automatically triggers a similar behavior in others. Previous studies showed that a behavioral contagion might have the function of strengthening social relationships, promoting group coordination and...

  5. Interspecific Contagious Yawning in Humans

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    | Contributor(s):: Gallup, A. C., Wozny, S.

    Contagious yawning, or the reflexive tendency to yawn following the detection of yawning in others, is well-documented among humans and a growing number of social vertebrates. While the most common form of yawn contagion occurs between conspecifics, some non-human animals in captivity have been...

  6. Humans and Goats: Improving Knowledge for a Better Relationship

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    | Contributor(s):: Celozzi, Stefania, Battini, Monica, Prato-Previde, Emanuela, Mattiello, Silvana

    There is consensus that the quality of the human–animal relationship (HAR) is relevant to guarantee appropriate levels of animal welfare. Given the impact that HAR may have on both goats and human beings, the aim of the present review is to elucidate: (1) how humans and goats communicate;...

  7. How to Read Fishes: Science, Empathy, and Salar the Salmon

    | Contributor(s):: Allmark-Kent, Candice

  8. Empathy Levels Among Veterinary Medicine Students in Colombia (South America)

    | Contributor(s):: Romero, M. H., Escobar, L., Sánchez, J. A.

  9. How happy is your pet? The problem o f subjectivity i n the assessment companion animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Serpell, J. A.

  10. Conceptualising dog owner motivations: The Pet Care Competency model and role of 'duty of care'

    | Contributor(s):: Glanville, C. R., Hemsworth, P. H., Coleman, G. J.

  11. Empathy towards animals and belief in animal-human-continuity in Italian veterinary students

    | Contributor(s):: Colombo, E. S., Pelosi, A., Prato-Previde, E.

  12. Farmer attitudes to injurious pecking in laying hens and to potential control strategies

    | Contributor(s):: Palczynski, L. J., Buller, H., Lambton, S. L., Weeks, C. A.

  13. The relationship between working horse welfare state and their owners' empathy level and perception of equine pain

    | Contributor(s):: Luna, D., Vasquez, R. A., Yanez, J. M., Tadich, T.

  14. Kill Your Favorite Dish: Examining the Role of New Carnivorism in Perpetuating Meat Eating

    | Contributor(s):: Madsen, Mathias Elrød, Leth-Espensen, Marie

  15. Robot Dog Intervention with the Golden Pup: Activating Social and Empathy Experiences of Elderly People as Part of Intergenerational Interaction

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    | Contributor(s):: Pirita Ihamäki, Katriina Heljakka

    This paper takes an interest in examining the potential of robotic pet toys as social companions, which activate the social and empathy experiences of the elderly and by doing so, increase their wellbeing. In order to study the benefits of using Golden Pup, a commercial robot dog, we designed...

  16. Painting with Horses Towards Interspecies Response-ability: Non-human Charisma as Material Affect

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    | Contributor(s):: Madeleine Boyd

    Leading up to the 2014 Melbourne Cup three communication modes were employed by unrelated horse welfare activists to raise awareness of cruelty in the racing industry. The intention to increase empathy with horses ties together these efforts, which are characterised as written, visual and...

  17. The Relationship Between Animal Bonding and Empathy in Preadolescent Children

    | Contributor(s):: Eileen Marzullo

  18. Associations Between Pet Ownership and Attitudes Toward Pets With Youth Socioemotional Outcomes

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    | Contributor(s):: Kristen C. Jacobson, Laura Chang

    Evidence regarding the effects of pet ownership and related variables on youth socioemotional development is mixed. Inconsistencies across studies may be due to a variety of factors, including the use of different outcomes measured across studies, small potential effect sizes, and use of...

  19. The Adolescent's Relationship with Animals: Empathy, Mental Health, and Animal Bonding

    | Contributor(s):: Alexis C. N. Reddig

  20. Koi (Cyprinus rubrofuscus) Seek Out Tactile Interaction with Humans: General Patterns and Individual Differences

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    | Contributor(s):: Fife-Cook, I., Franks, B.

    The study of human-animal interactions has provided insights into the welfare of many species. To date, however, research has largely focused on human relationships with captive mammals, with relatively little exploration of interactions between humans and other vertebrates, despite non-mammals...