How Can We Understand Animals Better? By Getting Over Ourselves, For Starters
Anthropology is, by its very nature, a deeply anthropocentric discipline. We study humans, human nature, why humans do what they do, and what this means for the world around us from the perspective of ourselves as humans. But in recent…..
Dogs at Work – Are There Benefits in Group Work Settings?
I recently had the opportunity to visit a good friend who is teaching at a small liberal arts college. I was invited to speak about my research, which was exciting because several faculty at this college are currently teaching a…..
Horses’ Ability to Read Human Emotions – Key to Our Strong Bond
This weekend I am attending the 7th annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) conference at the University of Kentucky. The conference is a unique opportunity to cavort with like-minded social scientists studying the intersections of humans and the ecological world.…..
Dogs and Stress Reduction in College Kids, Real or Just Perception?
Colleges around the country allow local animal rescues and trained therapy dogs to visit campus and interact with students at various time during the semester. One of the most popular is dogs visiting during the week of mid-terms and final…..
Dogs vs. Seal Robots vs. Plush Toy Cats: Do Any of These Improve Sleep and Long-Term Mental State in Nursing Home Elderly?
For researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark, the answer to this question was a resounding no. They enrolled 124 elderly participants living in nursing homes to participate in a study to test the effectiveness of twice weekly visits by dogs on…..
Status Update on the State of the Science on Animal-Human Interaction – Its Complicated
I believe that animals are good for our health. So much do I believe this, that I have dedicated my career and life’s work to conducting research studies and developing programs that aim to untangle and decipher the specific ways…..
Introduction to the evidence based science of the animal-human bond
When Chris approached me about writing a blog a few months back after we met at a conference in Appleton, WI, I thought it might be a one-time guest blog about my research and work around a dog study I…..