Cuddling a robotic seal reduces stress and depression
Researcher Wendy Moyle and her team explored if the use of a robotic seal as a therapeutic tool would influence the emotional and behavioral symptoms of dementia.
Observe elderly in their own home
Older people are healthier these days and like to live in their own homes as long as possible. As a result, the need for home care services is increasing.
Infant eye gaze
Researcher Rebecca Knapp was interested to know whether infant eye gaze away from the mother, or eye gaze directed to the mother, would correspond to increased maternal oxytocin. Read her blog post to learn more.
Police horses
The personality of police horses influences how well they do in their ‘job’. That’s why personality tests are important for both animal and human welfare and safety.
Observing children in a classroom
Children with autism can have trouble dealing with external distractions. Researcher Shireen Kanakri conducted a study to observe the impact of the acoustic environment on restrictive and repetitive behaviors.
social interactions
Many children with ASD suffer from deficits in social communication and interaction, especially with peers. They participate in fewer social interactions than typically developing children.
Consumer behavior
In a buffet restaurant, do you also want to try another dish? Just because it's available? Read this blog post about how choice influences eating behavior.
Skin-to-skin contact
Skin-to-skin contact is essential in developing a feeling of safety, and in creating the bond between parent and child, especially with premature babies. Buil et al. compared two different kangaroo positioning techniques.
Mating fruit flies
Fruit flies have amazing sense of smell. This includes the ability to navigate to a food source, as well as search out a preferred mate. However, there are other areas in which their olfactory systems come into play.
In home study
Anne Kirby and colleagues studied sensory and repetitive behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 32 children with ASD participated.
Implementing Tailored Activity Programs
Tailored Activity Programs (TAP) have been shown to have significantly reduce behavioral occurrences in dementia patients and improve engagement and positive behaviors.