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The psychology of human-animal interactions.
Hal Herzog Ph.D.
Increasingly, getting a pet is being recommended as a treatment for depression. But what does science really say about the ability of a companion animal to chase away the blues?
The question of which animals we think of as meat is psychologically interesting as well as morally important.
Companion animals can reduce loneliness and stave off feelings of social rejection. Does this mean pet owners have lower rates of suicide?
A new study of 350,000 heart attack and stroke victims found lower odds of death in owners of purebred dogs but not mixed-breed or lap-dog breeds. The question is, why?
Extreme dog grooming, pet day spas, and canine beauty pageants reflect the blurred links between humans and animals in popular culture.
The skyrocketing use of emotional support animals raises serious animal welfare issues.
The results of three new studies on the relationship between cancer and pet ownership are good news for dog owners and men, but bad news for women who own cats or birds.
While it seems perverse today, in many cultures lactating women routinely breast-fed baby animals. What role did this practice play in the evolution of pet-keeping?
Why is an American four times more likely to live with dog than a person in Switzerland? And are there "cat nations" and "dog nations?"
A new study of identical and fraternal twins reveals surprising results about the influence of heredity and family on our relationships with dogs.
Therapy dogs are often seen in the corridors of hospitals these days. But do they belong in emergency rooms?
Both boys and girls become less attached to their pets as they enter adolescence. Is this the natural consequence of considering pets as family members?
It is difficult for most people to completely give up eating meat. But hundreds of millions of animals would be saved if everyone ate even one additional meatless meal a week.
Do people everywhere agree that autonomous vehicles should prioritize a human life—even if it means running over a dog or cat?
A randomized control trial found therapy dogs did not benefit children undergoing cancer treatments. But that is not what the press reported.
New airlines rules will mean fewer emotional support animals on planes but could improve animal welfare.
Recent large-scale studies have found that vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be depressed than omnivores. But the reason for this link is unclear.
Yale University researchers report that free play with therapy dogs enhances the well-being of stressed out kids.
Pet ownership may have some health benefits, but every year many thousands of people suffer severe injuries caused by tripping over dogs and cats.
Nowadays, more dogs are named "Charlie" or "Annie" than "Spot" or "Rover." The top 100 dog names tend to have three characteristics. How does your pet's name match up?
New studies cast doubt on the idea that getting a pet is a key to improved human health and happiness.
A rare psychiatric problem and an increasingly common social problem (opioid addiction) are associated with the intentional abuse of pets.
New research on the biology of taste helps explain why some people may find it more difficult to give up meat than do other people.
Why is a dog in North Carolina 25 times more likely to be killed in an animal shelter than a dog in New Hampshire?
Do we really think of pets as friends and family members? A rare and bizarre neuropsychiatric condition sheds light on the depth of our relationships with companion animals.
Why have anthrozoologists neglected the study of human-cat relationships?
Beliefs about animal "naturalness" help explain negative reactions to Barbra Streisand's cloned puppies.
Is animal cruelty really a "red flag" for future violence? Here's why a history of animal abuse cannot predict who will be the next school shooter.
A new study by researchers at Purdue University offers the first empirical evidence that veterans with PTSD benefit from having a psychiatric service dog.
A new study finds that emotionally stable people are less likely to be attacked by a dog. The question is why.
Hal Herzog, Ph.D., is the author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard To Think Straight About Animals.
Animals and Us focuses on the psychology and ethics of our relationships with members of other species.