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  1. The Effects of Touching and Stroking a Cat on the Inferior Frontal Gyrus in People

    Contributor(s):: Kobayashi, Ai, Yamaguchi, Yusuke, Ohtani, Nobuyo, Ohta, Mitsuaki

    Our study evaluated the effects on the prefrontal cortex, especially the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), of people when touching and stroking a real or soft toy cat, using functional near infrared spectroscopy. Thirty under-graduate students (10 males, 20 females) were recruited and performed three...

  2. Does Physical Contact with a Dog or Person Affect Performance of a Working Memory Task?

    Contributor(s):: Gee, Nancy R., Friedmann, Erika, Coglitore, Victoria, Fisk, Amy, Stendahl, Marcus

    Working memory (WM) plays a critical role in the execution of a wide variety of cognitive tasks and predicts academic success. This study was designed to compare the impact of the presence of a dog or a person, and physical contact with them, on the performance of a WM task. It also exam- ined...

  3. Drawing parallels in human-other interactions: a trans-disciplinary approach to developing human-robot interaction methodologies

    Contributor(s):: Collins, E. C.

  4. Making sense of it all: The importance of taking into account the sensory abilities of animals in their housing and management

    Contributor(s):: Nielsen, Birte L.

    In this selective review, examples are given of how different animal species use different sensory modalities in different ways. These examples serve to illustrate that we should not forget to take sensory abilities of the animals that we manage into account to ensure or improve their welfare. As...

  5. Gentle abdominal stroking ('belly rubbing') of pigs by a human reduces EEG total power and increases EEG frequencies

    Contributor(s):: Rault, J. L., Truong, S., Hemsworth, L., Le Chevoir, M., Bauquier, S., Lai, A.

  6. The Effects of Tactile and Indirect Contact with Dogs in a College Population

    Contributor(s):: Kalina Welch

    To assess how physiological stress response is affected by human-canine interactions, one hundred-thirty (n=130) Carroll College students in Helena, Montana participated in trials designed to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in low- and...

  7. Tangible space: centre for animal assisted therapy.

    Contributor(s):: Andri Verwey

    In the Centre for Animal Assisted Therapy, animals act as a therapeutic intervention to improve the well-being of therapy patients. The main medical success of this mode of therapy lies within the tactile experience of touch. This thesis is about discovering an architecture that acts as a...

  8. Affecting affect effectively : investigating a haptic-affect platform for guiding physiological responses

    Contributor(s):: Joseph P. Hall

    This thesis describes the development of a platform for touch-guided anxiety management via engagement with a robot pet. An existing physiological sensor suite and “Haptic Creature” robot pet are modified to influence user physiological responses through real-time interaction guided...

  9. Sensing and recognizing affective touch in a furry zoomorphic object

    Contributor(s):: Anna Flagg

    Over the last decade, the surprising fact has emerged that machines can possess therapeutic power. Due to the many healing qualities of touch, one route to such power is in haptic emotional interaction, which in turn requires sophisticated touch sensing and interpretation. We explore the...

  10. Human-animal interactions: Survey of contact behavior relevant for the spread of infectious diseases

    Contributor(s):: Yimer Wasihun Kifle

    Background: Approximately 75 percent of recently emerging infectious diseases that affect humans are diseases of animal origin, and approximately 60 percent of all human pathogens are zoonotic. Contact between humans and pets, livestock, poultry and other animals could enable transmission of...

  11. Best practices for designing and planning events where human-animal interactions are encouraged, based on observations of risk behaviors and hand hygiene at such events

    Contributor(s):: Gonzalo Erdozain

    Outbreaks of human illness have been linked to visiting settings with animal contact throughout developed countries. These outbreaks demonstrate that although contact with animals in public settings can provide educational and entertainment opportunities, the potential to spread disease exists if...

  12. Touching and Gesture Exchange as an Element of Emotional Bond Construction. Application of Visual Sociology in the Research on Interaction between Humans and Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Krzysztof Tomasz Konecki

    The article analyse the problem of human - animals bond creation. The analysis of video - recordings was used to beserve the gesture exchange between animals and humans. The grounded theory was used to analyse visuality of the emotional bond creation.

  13. Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans

    | Contributor(s):: Suvilehto, J. T., Glerean, E., Dunbar, R. I., Hari, R., Nummenmaa, L.

  14. Topography of social touching depends on emotional bonds between humans

    | Contributor(s):: Suvilehto, J. T., Glerean, E., Dunbar, R. I., Hari, R., Nummenmaa, L.

  15. Physiological responses of college students to a pet

    | Contributor(s):: Wilson, C. C.

  16. Heart rate changes in the horse to human contact

    | Contributor(s):: Lynch, J. J., Fregin, G. F., Mackie, J. B., Monroe, R. R., Jr.

  17. The reinforcing value of physical contact and the effect on canine heart rate of grooming in different anatomical areas

    | Contributor(s):: McGreevy, P. D., Righetti, J., Thomson, P. C.

    The human-animal relationship frequently involves physical touch, and this may have benefits for both participants. Grooming of horses at the withers has a calming effect on recipients, a phenomenon regularly used to reward horses. No studies on the effect on heart rate of grooming in different...

  18. Safe touch using horses to teach sexually abused clients to value their bodies and themselves

    | Contributor(s):: Faa-Thompson, Tracie, Trotter, Kay Sudekum

  19. The Tellington Methodâ„¢: A technique for equine assisted counseling

    | Contributor(s):: Welsch, Tanya, Trotter, Kay Sudekum

  20. The role of affective touch in human-robot interaction: human intent and expectations in touching the Haptic Creature

    | Contributor(s):: Yohanan, Steve, MacLean, Karon E.