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  1. The Meaning and Motivation of Children Participating in Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Pilot Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Beth Laskowski, Melissa Y. Winkle, Whitney Lucas Molitor

    Background: Despite claims that animal-assisted therapy is beneficial, there is limited empirical evidence supporting this. Current literature supports the physical, emotional, and psychological benefits an animal can provide, but few studies have explored the outcomes of incorporating an...

  2. The effectiveness of Dutch Cell Dogs in correctional facilities in the Netherlands: a study protocol of a quasi-experimental trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Gerdien Schenk, Hanne M. Duindam, Hanneke E. Creemers, Machteld Hoeve, Geert Jan J. M. Stams, Jessica J. Asscher

    Background Many former inmates recidivate, resulting in high costs for societies worldwide. Evidence based treatment practices may not work in prisons, due to detainees’ lacking motivation, impaired well-being, and an unsafe group environment. One attempt to improve social group climate...

  3. The Role of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Communication Skills of Children with Autism

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Friedrich

    Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulties with social communication and prosocial behaviors. Due to a lack of social communication and social interaction skills among children with ASD, special education teachers are tasked with providing meaningful social...

  4. A preliminary study of the effects of individual response to challenge tests and stress induced by humans on learning performance of weaned piglets (Sus scrofa)

    | Contributor(s):: Brajon, S., Laforest, J. P., Schmitt, O., Devillers, N.

    This study investigated whether individual behavioural characteristics of piglets and stress induced by experience with humans can influence learning performance. After weaning, piglets received a chronic experience with humans to modulate their emotional state: rough (ROU), gentle (GEN), or...

  5. "Who's been a good dog?" - Owner perceptions and motivations for treat giving

    | Contributor(s):: White, G. A., Ward, L., Pink, C., Craigon, J., Millar, K. M.

  6. The Effects of Canine Therapy on Academics, Behavior, and Motivation of Students

    | Contributor(s):: Maria Rector

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether canine therapy provided by the B.A.R.K.S. program was effective in increasing reading achievement, impacting the motivation of students while participating in therapy, and decreasing off-task behaviors in the classroom. This study focused on...

  7. The influence of therapy dogs on reading fluency and reading motivation

    | Contributor(s):: Conte, Jessica Kerrigan

    This dissertation outlines the need for more to be done to help general education students succeed in reading within the public school system. It presents current data surrounding public education and potential sources to improve reading among young students. It explores the research surrounding...

  8. Approaching anger in schizophrenia: What an implicit task tells you that self-report does not

    | Contributor(s):: Reddy, L. Felice, Green, Michael F., Wynn, Jonathan K., Rinck, Mike, Horan, William P.

  9. Yum, cake!: How reward sensitivity relates to automatic approach motivation for dessert food images

    | Contributor(s):: May, Christine N., Juergensen, James, Demaree, Heath A.

  10. The effect of lying motivation on cow behaviour

    | Contributor(s):: Norring, Marianna, Valros, Anna

    Cows in dairy barns spend time standing while waiting for milking, accessing feed and entering the resting area. It has been suggested that high yielding cows may represent a trade off situation regarding eating and lying particularly in systems where there is a long waiting period before...

  11. Are dogs able to communicate with their owners about a desirable food in a referential and intentional way?

    | Contributor(s):: Savalli, C., Ades, C., Gaunet, F.

  12. Traits of drug and explosives detection in dogs of two breeds as evaluated by their handlers and trainers

    | Contributor(s):: Adamkiewicz, E., Jezierski, T., Walczak, M., Gorecka-Bruzda, A., Sobczynska, M., Prokopczyk, M., Ensminger, J.

    Police dogs handlers' and trainers' opinions on Labrador retrievers (n=87) and German shepherds (n=96) trained for drugs vs. explosives detection have been compared. As most important traits in both specialties the responders indicated: (1) willingness to sniff objects, (2) concentration...

  13. Why did the fish cross the tank? Objectively measuring the value of enrichment for captive fish

    | Contributor(s):: Sullivan, Miriam, Lawrence, Craig, Blache, Dominique

    There has been very little research into the enrichment preferences of ornamental fish, even though there are billions of fish kept in captivity as pets and research animals. We used preference and motivational testing to compare the value of real and artificial plants to goldfish ( n=20,...

  14. The effects of food-related environmental complexity on litter directed behaviour, fear and exploration of novel stimuli in young broiler chickens

    | Contributor(s):: Pichova, Katarina, Nordgreen, Janicke, Leterrier, Christine, Kostal, Lubor, Moe, Randi Oppermann

    Stimulation of foraging behaviour during the first weeks of life by increasing environmental complexity such as scattering food items on the litter may be one way of preventing leg disorders, reducing fear and improving broiler welfare. However, studies on effects of access to various food based...

  15. Examining demographic and situational factors on animal cruelty motivations

    | Contributor(s):: Hensley, C., Tallichet, S. E., Dutkiewicz, E. L.

  16. Emergency preparedness and pet ownership: A secondary data analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Gettis, Daphnee V. E.

  17. Agility Activities for Children in a Municipality in Norway

    | Contributor(s):: Krøger, Elsebeth, Slettebø, Åshild, Fossum, Mariann

  18. Human and animal interactions in occupational therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Dumont, Claire

  19. Living with companion animals after stroke: experiences of older people in community and primary care nursing

    | Contributor(s):: Johansson, Maria, Ahlström, Gerd, Jönsson, Ann-Cathrin

  20. Scientific update

    | Contributor(s):: Mangels, Reed