Real-Time Scene Monitoring for Deaf-Blind People
Contributor(s):: Kassem, K., Caramazza, P., Mitchell, K. J., Miller, M., Emadi, A., Faccio, D.
It is estimated that at least 15 million people worldwide live with severe deaf-blindness, with many more experiencing varying degrees of deaf-blindness. The existing options of assistance are mostly limited to walking canes, guide dogs and human care. We propose a wearable device which harnesses...
Comparing training methods to improve volunteer skills during therapeutic horseback riding: A randomized control trial
Contributor(s):: St Peter, C. C., Shuler, N. J., Jones, S. H., Bradtke, S., Hull, S. L., Browning, B., VanGilder, S., Petitto, C.
A pilot study to develop an assessment tool for sheep welfare after long journey transport
Contributor(s):: Messori, S., Sossidou, E., Buonanno, M., Mounaix, B., Barnard, S., Vousdouka, V., Villa, P. dalla, Roest, K. de, Spoolder, H.
Sheep transport within Europe involves 9.5 million animals yearly, 63% of which travel over long journeys (>8 h). Livestock transport, particularly over long journeys, gives rise to concern about the welfare of transported animals. The European Commission stimulates the development of...
HALTER: Using Horsequest as a Training Tool
| Contributor(s):: Bailey, Elaine Long, Waite, Karen, Wilson, Kristen M.
Youth organizations, such as 4-H, need dedicated, knowledgeable adult volunteer leaders. Oftentimes, adults are intimidated to work with youth, either because of questionable understanding of youngsters or due to limited subject knowledge. This is particularly true with volunteers for youth horse...
Stress levels in dogs, and its recognition by their handlers, during animal-assisted therapy in a prison
| Contributor(s):: Koda, N., Watanabe, G., Miyaji, Y., Ishida, A., Miyaji, C.
The stress on dogs and their handlers during animal-assisted therapy in a prison programme was evaluated using questionnaires and measurement of the dogs' saliva cortisol concentrations before and after the sessions. Their handlers were volunteers who underwent training classes with their pet...
Caring for mobile phone-based virtual pets can influence youth eating behaviours.
| Contributor(s):: Byrne, Sahara, Gay, Geri, Pollack, J. P., Gonzales, Amy, Retelny, Daniela, Lee, Theodore, Wansink, Brian
Implementing Welfare Quality in UK assurance schemes: evaluating the challenges
| Contributor(s):: Heath, C. A. E., Lin, Y., Mullan, S., Browne, W. J., Main, D. C. J.
This paper presents an account of a Welfare Quality assessment of 92 dairy farms carried out by seven experienced assessors. The aim was to evaluate the potential of the Welfare Quality assessment protocol with respect to its uptake by UK farm assurance schemes. Data collection, and measure...
Attitudes of dairy farmers toward cow welfare in relation to housing, management and productivity
| Contributor(s):: Kauppinen, T., Valros, A., Vesala, K. M.
Vowel hyperarticulation in parrot-, dog- and infant-directed speech
| Contributor(s):: Xu, Nan, Burnham, D., Kitamura, C., Vollmer-Conna, U.
The need for monitoring farm animal welfare during mass killing for disease eradication purposes
| Contributor(s):: Berg, C.
Integrative approaches for cardiovascular disease
| Contributor(s):: Guarneri, M., Mercado, N., Suhar, C.
Play with online virtual pets as a method to improve mirror neuron and real world functioning in autistic children
| Contributor(s):: Altschuler, E. L.
Discriminating among novel foods: effects of energy provision on preferences of lambs for poor-quality foods
| Contributor(s):: Villalba, J. J., Provenza, F. D.
A study was conducted to better understand how lambs discriminate among novel foods based on flavour and post-ingestive effects. The manner in which temporal sequence of food ingestion and post-ingestive feedback affected preference when lambs were fed flavoured wheat straw (a poorly nutritious...
Periparturient nest building: implications for parturition, kit survival, maternal stress and behaviour in farmed mink ( Mustela vison )
| Contributor(s):: Malmkvist, J., Palme, R.
Several types of nesting materials with different capacity as substrate for nest building are currently supplied to farmed mink. We investigated whether different nesting resources and possibility of performing periparturient nest-building influenced (a) the parturition, (b) the vitality and...
Postingestive feedback from starch influences the ingestive behaviour of sheep consuming wheat straw
| Contributor(s):: Villalba, J. J., Provenza, F. D.
Plant species present a complex array of biochemicals to herbivores that in conjunction with a plant's physical structure influence intake. The role of postingestive feedback from macronutrients on the ingestion of a low-quality forage by sheep was investigated. The ingestive behaviour of 2...
Science and pseudoscience in developmental disabilities: guidelines for social workers
| Contributor(s):: Thyer, B. A., Pignotti, M.
Search & seizure. 7 natural strategies offer hope to epileptics
| Contributor(s):: Rosen, K.
Commentary and Discussion on Imitation in Animals: Do Parrots (and Children) Emulate Speech Sounds?
| Contributor(s):: Byrne, Richard W.
Challenges and paradoxes in the companion-animal niche
| Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Bennett, P. C.
By definition, the companion-animal niche demands merely that animals must provide companionship. At first glance, this may seem easy enough, but the forces that contribute to success in this niche are complex. Indeed, success as a companion is rarely measured in terms of biological fitness, and...