A phenomenographic approach to the meaning of death: A Chinese perspective
Contributor(s):: Yang, Shu Ching, Chen, Shih-Fen
Investigated qualitative and quantitative differences in Chinese children's concepts of death, as reflected in their drawings, and analyzes this conceptual development as it related to background variables (gender, age, religious belief,and health status). 239 children (aged 8-16 yrs) in 6 grade...
Attitudes of veterinary students in Croatia toward farm animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Ostovic, M., Mesic, Z., Mikus, T., Matkovic, K., Pavicic, Z.
Does pet arrival trigger prosocial behaviors in individuals with autism?
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| Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Sylvie Tordjman, Alain Lazartigues, Eric Lemonnier, Michel Deleau, Martine Hausberger
Alteration of social interactions especially prosocial behaviors – an important aspect of development – is one of the characteristics of autistic disorders. Numerous strategies or therapies are used to improve communication skills or at least to reduce social impairments....
Gender-specific animal references: Anthropomorphic pandering or quality client communication?
| Contributor(s):: Myrna Milani
Just as a seemingly innocuous remark from a client may signal the existence of a complex problem, a recently published remark from a practitioner pointed out the hazards of the veterinary profession’s somewhat capricious recognition and denial of animal gender as this relates to quality...
Human-animal relationships: from daily life to animal-assisted therapies
| Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Martine Hausberger
Humans have a long history of relationship with domestic animals and nowadays pets often act as "social substitutes" through bonding. There is some evidence that pet presence at home may induce well being in people and the development of social skills in children. Animal assisted therapies aim at...
Tails of laughter: A pilot study examining the relationship between companion animal guardianship (pet ownership) and laughter
| Contributor(s):: Valeri, R. M.
The power of kawaii: Viewing cute images promotes a careful behavior and narrows attentional focus
| Contributor(s):: Hiroshi Nittono, Michiko Fukushima, Akihiro Yano, Hiroki Moriya
Kawaii (a Japanese word meaning ‘‘cute’’) things are popular because they produce positive feelings. However, their effecton behavior remains unclear. In this study, three experiments were conducted to examine the effects of viewing cuteimages on subsequent task performance. In the first...