Talking to The Animals: matters of affect, attachment and bonding

This is part of a larger research project concerned with whether the emotional comfort derived from an affectionate animal friend enhances immunity and reduces suseptibility to infective illnesses such as influenza. The aim of the current study is to establish whether or not the way in which individuals talk to their pets (petese, or Pet Directed Speech - PDS), especially the degree of emotion, is correlated with scores on a Pet Attachment Scale. In addition, mood states, quality of life and self-reports of health will be recorded, and relationships between these and PDS will be investigated.

Graduate Diploma Project, 2001 (doc 32 KB)

Denis Burnham
Professor of Psychology
Director, Maccarthur Auditory Research Centre Sydney

Building 24, Bankstown Campus
University of Western Sydney
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PENRITH SOUTH DC NSW 1797
d.burnham@uws.edu.au