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The psychology of human-animal interactions.
Hal Herzog Ph.D.
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.
What should we make of claims about the impact of dogs on obesity in children and teenagers?
Animal shelter workers who believe they have a gift for relating to animals may be the most likely to leave.
A new scale helps researchers study why some people identify with animals and others despise them.
Why dogs should not drive cars and other findings from the hot new field of canine science.
Dog breeds like French bulldogs and Chihuahuas are skyrocketing in popularity despite their genetic problems. A new study examines why people are attracted to unhealthy pets.
The media abounds with articles on research on the health benefits of pets and the effectiveness of therapy animals. But these nine recent studies found this was not the case.
New studies reveal that diet affects human body odor and even our skin color. But do men who give up meat smell more or less attractive to women?
New research examines how narcissism and "dark personality traits" affect our attachments to pets and why some people are drawn to companion rats, snakes, and tarantulas.
It would be nice to think medical marijuana could cure epilepsy in dogs and anxiety in cats. But there are problems with the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine.
A new study used "big data" to examine the associations between pet-ownership and cancer rates and physical activity in older women. The results are surprising.
In a series of recent experiments, researchers found that whether we think animals were raised humanely or on a factory farm affects the way their meat tastes.
Two recent studies have found many people agree that animals from dogs to snakes and insects experience life after death.
Most studies of oxytocin ("the love hormone") do not have enough subjects to produce valid results. Unfortunately, this is also true of animal-assisted therapy research.
Most dogs on Earth die before they are three months old. New research shows how being cute can save a puppy from an early death.
Should therapists provide letters that will allow their clients to bring dogs on airplanes and have access to no-pets housing?
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.