Humans are evolved to recognize emotions in each other’s nonverbal behavior. To some extent, we apply that ability not just to other humans but to animals as well. Nowhere is this more true, perhaps, than in the case of dogs.
It’s well-known that parents’ personality characteristics can influence their children. But a new study suggests that the same might also be true of cat parents. In the study, researchers in the United Kingdom surveyed 3,331 cat owners. They asked the
Forget your weekly therapy appointment. What about your weekly therapy dog appointment? A group of psychologists in the UK have found that even spending a short period of time with a therapy dog can be good for your mental health.
Just try running a behavioral study on cats. It’s like, well, herding cats. For the sake of scientific progress, though, a team of Finnish researchers did it anyway, trying to determine: are there reliable ways to tell when cats like
Oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone,” plays a key role in human bonding. It’s involved in trust, empathy, romantic attachment and other pro-social emotions and states of mind. Interestingly, oxytocin isn’t just important for humans. It also appears to affect