Owner personality and mental wellbeing associated with human-pet attachment
This article looks at how pets actively seek proximity and interaction in a relationship, and it's a similarly associated tendency by the owner too.
Humans who experience early life adversity suffer as adults. Why are gorillas more resilient?
This may be the most important study of the week—or maybe year.
If it pays to be a jerk, why isn't everyone that way?
Science confirms, yet again, that brutish behavior can be an effective path to power.
Aggressiveness of pet dogs is influenced by life history and owner's characteristics
Historically, canine aggressiveness used to be associated solely with breed, but recent research links behavioral profiles to factors such as the age and sex of the dog, and its metabolism and hormones.
People who struggle with stressful situations benefit from owning a pet
We tend to over-simplify our view of why people have pets, and how our personality can dictate the kind of pet that we have.
Using robotic pets in memory care
Robotic pets can be useful in therapy, without some of the disadvantages and unpredictability of real animals.
"Paws on the street" makes neighborhoods safer
Neighborhoods high in dog concentration had about two-thirds the robbery rates of those low in dog concentration and about half the homicide rates.
Are people more willing to empathize with animals or with other humans?
When people are deciding whether to engage in empathy, context matters. This new research could have important implications for how new environmental policy messaging is framed.
How ads with dogs and cats affect consumer behavior
Pets play important roles in consumers’ daily lives and frequently appear in popular culture, mass media, and marketing communications.
Early-life social connections influence gene expression, stress resilience
After early childhood, acceptance and praise from peers becomes an important stress regulator, setting us up to cope with stress in adulthood. This need for acceptance and acknowledgement persists throughout life.
Golfers aren't so special - even cockatoos can play the game
Cockatoos have shown an extraordinary ability to complete a task by combining simple tools, demonstrating that this cognitive ability is not found only in primates (like us).
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