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  1. "I can haz emoshuns?": understanding anthropomorphosis of cats among internet users

    Contributor(s):: Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Daniel Mills, Sarah Ellis, Helen Zulch

    The attribution of human-like traits to non-human animals, termed anthropomorphism, can lead to misunderstandings of animal behaviour, which can result in risks to both human and animal wellbeing and welfare. In this paper, we, during an inter-disciplinary collaboration between social computing...

  2. A dermatologist's viewpoint on the significance of the human-animal bond in practice

    Contributor(s):: Liska, D. A.

  3. A Qualitative Assessment of Virginia Beach Dog Park Users

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    | Contributor(s):: Edwin Gomez, John Hunting

    The purpose of this paper is to look at a Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) dog park as a case study exploring the benefits and perceptions of dog parks by its users. The qualitative methodology follows an earlier dog park study by Gómez (2013) in Norfolk, VA. Our findings indicated three...

  4. An Interdisciplinary Approach of Animal Assisted Therapy for the Special Needs Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Victor Chitic

    The study investigates the dynamic of verbal and non-verbal communication in the context of Animal Assisted Therapy for children with special needs, using ethological and sociometrical methods (i.e. focal individual sampling, ethogram and sequential behavior analysis). The study followed the...

  5. An underwater wearable computer for two way human-dolphin communication experimentation

    | Contributor(s):: Daniel Kohlsdorf, Scott Gilliland, Peter Presti, Thad Starner, Denise Herzing

    Research in dolphin cognition and communication in the wild is still a challenging task for marine biologists. Most problems arise from the uncontrolled nature of field studies and the challenges of building suitable underwater research equipment. We present a novel underwater wearable computer...

  6. Behavior questions and answers

    | Contributor(s):: Horwitz, D. F.

  7. Comportamento de actividade e de vocalização de borregos em pré-desmame das raças Ile de France e Churra da Terra Quente num teste individual de interacção homem-animal

    | Contributor(s):: Severiano Silva, José Carlos Almeida, Paulo J. Fontes, C. Castro, R. Machado, Jorge Manuel Teixeira de Azevedo

    Na realização deste trabalho foram utilizados 12 borregos da raça Ile de France (IDF) e 12 borregos da raça Churra da Terra Quente (CTQ) com 104 dias de idade. Os borregos foram sujeitos a um teste que seguiu procedimento proposto por Tallet et al. (2005) e adaptado...

  8. Development of the Virginia cooperative coyote control program to protect livestock

    | Contributor(s):: Martin Lowney, John Houben, Phil Eggborn

    The Virginia Cooperative Coyote Control Program was created in 1990 to address increasing livestock losses to coyotes and the inability of producers to solve such problems themselves. The eastern coyote arrived in Virginia in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Lobbying efforts of agricultural groups,...

  9. Dogs on the Frontier: Human-Canine Relationships in Central Kentucky, 1770-1792

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew P Patrick

    Dogs played utilitarian roles, as hunting partners, sentries and trackers that provided assistance in the difficult physical landscape, but they also filled setters’ less obvious, psychological needs by serving as companions or by helping humans assert their dominance over the threats...

  10. Exploring interspecies sensemaking: dog tracking and multispecies ethnography

    | Contributor(s):: Clara Mancini, Janet van der Linden, Jon Bryan, Andrew Stuart

    The domestic use of tracking technology with pets is on the rise, yet is under-researched. We investigate how tracking practices reconfigure human-dog relationships changing both humans and dogs. We question the sensemaking mechanisms by which both humans and dogs engage in context-based...

  11. Feline aggression directed toward people: causes and treatment

    | Contributor(s):: Horwitz, D. F.

  12. Grounded Zoomorphism: An Evaluation Methodology for ACI Design

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    | Contributor(s):: Michelle Westerlaken, Stefano Gualeni

    This paper proposes and evaluates a novel method for the analysis and the refinement of products and designs that participate in playful, digitally-mediated human-animal interactions. The proposed method relies on a Grounded Theory approach and aims at guiding design and research in the field...

  13. Healing dolphins? Cognitive and perceptual criticisms in Dolphin-Assisted Therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Cinzia Chiandetti

    Since the '70s new therapeutic practices have been developed, involving the interaction between humans and dolphins - Tursiops truncatus in particular. Such practices are known as Dolphin-Assisted Therapies (DAT), a specific case of a more heterogeneous set of experiences with cetaceans...

  14. Horsebreakers, Tamers, and Trainers: An Historical, Psychological, and Social Review

    | Contributor(s):: Sharon E. Cregier

    To my knowledge, there has been no organized synthesis describing the historical development of horse handling, management, lore, and training. This discussion offers, in capsule form, some of the historical, psychological, and social considerations which might be taken into account when...

  15. How does the Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka Encourage the Elephant Commercialization?

    | Contributor(s):: Indrachapa Gunasekara

    Tourism is an industry where everything could be converted into a profit. There are numerous concepts and attractions which introduced ultimately, to meet various types of travel expectations. People travel for many intentions and stick to their interested areas. Culture, nature, humans,...

  16. Human-animal interaction: productive impact on the dairy herd. CommunicationInteraccion humano-animal: impacto productivo en rodeos lecheros. Comunicacion

    | Contributor(s):: Martinez, G. M., Suarez, V. H., Bertoni, E. A.

  17. Human-coyote (Canis latrans) interaction in Canadian urban parks and green space: Preliminary findings from a media-content analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Shelley M. Alexander, Michael S. Quinn

    The coyote (Canis latrans) is a highly adaptable apex carnivore that provides a critical ecological function in urban ecosystems. Habituation of coyotes results in behavioural changes which can lead to human-wildlife conflict. Understanding human awareness, values and attitudes towards coyotes,...

  18. Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao

    The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...

  19. Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Shaun Lawson, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Tom Feltwell, Lisa Hopkins

    There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We...

  20. Representations of laboratory animals in popular media forms

    | Contributor(s):: Alison Moore

    Attitudes to animals are in part formed through engagement with popular culture and therefore we should pay attention to the potential of this domain for shaping animal lives. But can popular culture really do anything for the ‘laboratory’ animal? This paper explores the persistent...