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  1. The physiological and behavioural impact of sensory contact among unfamiliar adult mice in the laboratory

    Contributor(s):: Rettich, A., Kasermann, H. P., Pelczar, P., Burki, K., Arras, M.

    Housing mice in the laboratory in groups enables social interaction and is the way a laboratory should house mice. However, adult males show reciprocal aggression and are therefore frequently housed individually. Alternatively, a grid divider, which allows sensory contact by sight and smell but...

  2. Cardiovascular responses to a pet snake

    Contributor(s):: Alonso, Y.

  3. An investigation of the use of touch in the social interactions of a group of Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants

    Contributor(s):: Makecha, Radhika Narendra

  4. [Affective behavioural responses by dogs to tactile human-dog interactions]

    Contributor(s):: Kuhne, F., Hossler, J. C., Struwe, R.

  5. Animal-assisted therapy enhances resident social interaction and initiation in long-term care facilities

    Contributor(s):: Bernstein, P. L., Friedmann, E., Malaspina, A.

    Compared the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with nonanimal therapy (NAT) for providing social stimulation among long term care (LTC) residents. The study was conducted at 2 LTC facilities with 122 and 200 residents. NATs included snack bingo or arts and crafts, while AAT involved...

  6. Complementary therapies

    Contributor(s):: Holland, Cindy, Albrecht, Sally

  7. Stroking Different Body Regions of Dairy Cows: Effects on Avoidance and Approach Behavior Toward Humans

    Contributor(s):: Schmied, C., Boivin, X., Waiblinger, S.

  8. The magic of touch : healing effects of animal touch and animal presence

    Contributor(s):: Reinhardt, Viktor, Reinhardt, Annie

  9. Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) prefer to cooperate when petted: Integrating proximate and ultimate explanations II

    Contributor(s):: Perelberg, A., Schuster, R.

  10. Understanding the perceptual world of horses

    Contributor(s):: Saslow, C. A.

  11. My amigo: a nurse's pet therapy dog helps her connect with patients

    Contributor(s):: Beyerman, K.

  12. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach: What about horses?

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    Contributor(s):: Carol Sankey, Séverine Henry, Aleksandra Górecka-Bruzda, Marie-Annick Richard-Yris, Martine Hausberger

    BackgroundHow do we bond to one another? While in some species, like humans, physical contact plays a role in the process of attachment, it has been suggested that tactile contact's value may greatly differ according to the species considered. Nevertheless, grooming is often considered as a...

  13. Effect of previous stroking on reactions to a veterinary procedure: Behaviour and heart rate of dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Schmied, Claudia, Boivin, Xavier, Scala, Sebastian, Waiblinger, Susanne

  14. Physiological effects of human/companion animal bonding

    Contributor(s):: Baun, M. M., Bergstrom, N., Langston, N. F., Thoma, L.

  15. RM and Beaux: reductions in cardiac activity in response to a pet snake

    Contributor(s):: Eddy, T. J.

  16. Effects of human-animal relationship on welfare and productivity in cattle and pigs - a review

    Contributor(s):: Munsterhjelm, C.

    The human-animal relationship is shown to affect the behaviour, welfare and productivity of production animals. Touch is the most important part of the human-animal communication. Problems associated with animal handling are mostly due to fear, which many farm animals feel towards humans. Fear is...

  17. [Thoughts about the domestic dog as the catalyst for relations between humans and a body contact object for humans]

    Contributor(s):: Meyer, W., Pakur, M.

  18. Stroking of different body regions by a human: effects on behaviour and heart rate of dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Schmied, C., Waiblinger, S., Scharl, T., Leisch, F., Boivin, X.

    From observations of intra-specific social grooming in cattle and studies on human stroking in other species, we hypothesised that cows' reactions to human stroking differ depending on the body regions being stroked. Moreover, we tested, whether cows 'reactions to stroking change with the...

  19. The response of sows to novel visual, olfactory, auditory and tactile stimuli

    Contributor(s):: Hutson, G. D., Dickenson, L. G., Wilkinson, J. L., Luxford, B. G.

    The response of sows to 20 stimuli from 5 sensory categories were evaluated with the aim of selecting one stimulus from each category as a test of general environmental responsiveness. The visual stimuli evaluated were a novel rod, a hanging ball, a moving chime and an umbrella. The olfactory...

  20. The effect of piglet stimuli on the posture changing behaviour of recently farrowed sows

    Contributor(s):: Cronin, G. M., Cropley, J. A.

    Twenty-four primiparous sows that had recently farrowed in commercial farrowing crates were tested in a 2 x 2 factorial experiment for their behavioural response to piglet stimuli during the process of changing from a standing to a lying posture. The piglet stimuli presented were those that a sow...