Psychology / Psychiatry

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Dog study ‘indicates jealousy evolves to protect social relationships’

A new UCSD study on jealousy among dogs indicates the emotion may be hardwired in the brain, evolving to protect social relationships.

Study of decision making in Rhesus monkeys

Humans have a well-documented tendency to see winning and losing streaks in situations that, in fact, are random.

The first study in Europe on the mental disorder popularly known as animal hoarding

Animal hoarding is a psychiatric disorder that consists of accumulating large numbers of animals at home, usually cats and dogs, without providing them with a minimal standard of care.

Social isolation leads to telomere shortening as seen in African Grey Parrots in captivity

The long and the short of telomeresIn captivity, grey parrots are often kept in social isolation, which can have detrimental effects on their health and wellbeing.

Study of young apes provides valuable information about humans and society

Researchers studying young bonobos in an African sanctuary have discovered striking similarities between the emotional development of the bonobos and that of children, suggesting these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way. This is imp…

Dogs yawn more often in response to owners’ yawns than strangers

Dogs yawn contagiously when they see a person yawning, and respond more frequently to their owner’s yawns than to a stranger’s, according to research published August 7 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Teresa Romero and colleagues from the Univer…

Dogs Are Similar To Young Kids, Study Shows

The relationship between dogs and their owners is very similar to the bond between young kids and their parents, a new study revealed. For approximately 15,000 years, pet dogs have been closely associated with people, the research, published in PLoS On…

Adult Dogs Behave Towards Their Caregivers Like Human Children Do

People have an innate need to establish close relationships with other people. But this natural bonding behaviour is not confined to humans: many animals also seem to need relationships with others of their kind. For domesticated animals the situation …

Tail Chasing In Dogs As An Animal Model For Studying The Genetic Background Of OCD In Humans

The genetics research group, based at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhalsan Research Center and led by Professor Hannes Lohi, has in collaboration with an international group of researchers investigated the characteristics and environmental fac…