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Anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interaction ("animal" referring to all non-human animals), also described as the science focusing on all aspects of the human-animal bond[1] and a bridge between the natural and social sciences.[2]

Anthrozoology is a modern interdisciplinary and burgeoning field that overlaps with a number of other disciplines, including anthropology, ethology, medicine, psychology, veterinary medicine and zoology. A major focus of anthrozoologic research is the quantifying of the positive effects of human-animal relationships on either party and the study of the reality of their interactions.

swabe.org comments:

In reality, there is little homogeneity in anthrozoological research, certainly as far as disciplinary approach, methodology and theory is concerned. The academic backgrounds of anthrozoological researchers can be extremely varied. There are, for example, social scientists, psychologists, zoologists, ethologists, historians, philosophers, veterinarians and even physicians studying the human-animal relationship.

It adds that anthrozoology may veer towards ethics, behavioral research, welfare and promotion, and many other areas within the human-animal interface.

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Example areas of study

Examples of papers published by ISAZ as of 2005 include:

  • Compatibility Stereotypes of People and Pets
  • Behavior of Children with Learning Disabilities Interacting with a Therapy Dog
  • Realistic Representations of Companion Animals in Comic Art in the USA
  • Advertising Animal Protection
  • Speciesism, Anthropocentrism, and Non-Western Cultures
  • Whale Shark Tourism in Ningaloo Marine Park, Australia
  • Judgments of Cruelty to Animals: Sex Differences and Effect of Awareness of Suffering
  • Motivations and Characteristics of Volunteer Flying-Fox Rehabilitators in Australia
  • Pets’ Roles in Parents’ Bereavement
  • Recent Shifts Regarding the Relationship between People and Other Animals in Japanese Culture
  • How Depressive Moods Affect the Behavior of Singly Living Persons Towards Their Cats
  • Bonds of trust shown between Zookeepers and Captive Animals

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