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The psychology of human-animal interactions.
Hal Herzog Ph.D.
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.
From the Furry Fandom to the Great Pet British Massacre, its been a good year for Animals and Us.
Our concepts of animal "pet-ness" raise ethical issues and have implications for the unconditional love theory of pet-keeping.
This controversial new book examines the psychology and evolution of our love for animals. (And it explains why you should probably not get a pug if you are looking for a pet.)
Public interest in animal-assisted therapy has grown by leaps and bounds. Yale University researchers examine the reason for its appeal.
Why did 400,000 Londoners kill their pets over a four day period in 1939?
Over 900 colleges and universities now have animal-assisted therapy programs for homesick and stressed-out students. How well do they work?
An international team of social scientists has been studying the psychology of "furries" for a decade. What they have found is fascinating.
Even the researchers were surprised by results of a large new study on the impact of pets on child development.
New research shows pet owners and non-pet owners differ in important ways. Does this explain the positive impact of dogs and cats on human health?
A high quality randomized control study finds that caring for pet crickets has a surprisingly positive impact on the well-being of elderly people.
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.