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  1. Measuring the Social, Behavioral, and Academic Effects of Classroom Pets on Third and Fourth-Grade Students

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    Contributor(s):: Amy McCullough, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Rachel Garthe, Cynthia Hellman, Marguerite O'Haire

    Limited research has documented the benefits of animals for children's learning and development, with a growing number of elementary school teachers incorporating pets into their classrooms. This study assessed the social, behavioral, and academic effects of the presence of small, resident...

  2. Social context and other factors influence the behavioural expression of pain by lambs

    Contributor(s):: Guesgen, M. J., Beausoleil, N. J., Minot, E. O., Stewart, M., Stafford, K. J.

    There is evidence that the presence of a conspecific can alter the experience of pain in humans and other animals. This ‘social buffering’ may be mediated by factors such as relatedness and familiarity. This study investigates whether and how the social context affects the behavioural response of...

  3. The effect of social buffering on fear responses in sheep (Ovis aries)

    Contributor(s):: González, Matilú, Averós, Xavier, Heredia, Ina Beltrán de, Ruiz, Roberto, Arranz, Josune, Estevez, Inma

    Fear in farm animals has been extensively studied because of its close relation to animal welfare. Numerous studies have categorized the behavioral responses of animals to stimuli that can elicit a fear reaction under social isolation conditions. However, farm animals are highly social and...

  4. Social transmission of physiological and behavioural responses to castration in suckling Merino lambs

    Contributor(s):: Colditz, Ian G., Paull, David R., Lee, Caroline

    In social species like sheep, social context can modify both physiological and behavioural responses to stressors and normal behavioural patterns. Presence of conspecifics can ameliorate responses to noxious stimuli, an effect termed social buffering, whereas the presence of a distressed...

  5. Friends with benefits: Social support and its relevance for farm animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Rault, Jean-Loup

    Despite growing interest in promoting positive welfare, rather than just alleviating poor welfare, potential measures of good welfare, and means to provide it, have remained elusive. In humans social support improves stress-coping abilities, health, and promotes positive psychological welfare....

  6. Friends with benefits: Social support and its relevance for farm animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Rault, Jean-Loup

    Despite growing interest in promoting positive welfare, rather than just alleviating poor welfare, potential measures of good welfare, and means to provide it, have remained elusive. In humans social support improves stress-coping abilities, health, and promotes positive psychological welfare....

  7. The Impact of a Horse Riding Intervention on the Social Functioning of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Harris, A., Williams, J. M.

  8. Man's Best Friend: Examining Social Functions of Dogs' in the Lives of Humans

    | Contributor(s):: Emily J. Sterling

  9. The social neuroscience of human-animal interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Freund, Lisa S., McCune, Sandra, Esposito, Layla, Gee, Nancy R., McCardle, Peggy

  10. Brief report: The effects of equine-assisted activities on the social functioning in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

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    | Contributor(s):: Anderson, Sophie, Meints, Kerstin

    Equine-assisted activities and therapies are increasing in popularity for treatment of ASD symptoms. This research evaluated effects of a 5-week programme of therapeutic riding on social functioning of children/adolescents (N = 15) with ASD. The effectiveness of the programme was...

  11. Guns, explosives, and puppy dog tails: The social function of animal cruelty

    | Contributor(s):: Goodney-Lea, Suzanne R.

  12. All the lizards stand and say "Yes Yes Yes" : the element of play in legal actions against animals and inanimate objects

    | Contributor(s):: Anna Pervukhin

    Legal actions against non-humans (whether animals or objects) were once widespread. They were viewed seriously and undoubtedly served important social functions. This article considers the possibility that some of these actions may have been playful as well. Certain aspects of legal actions...

  13. The effect of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism

    | Contributor(s):: Bass, Margaret M., Duchowny, Catherine A., Llabre, Maria M.