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It is commonly believed that emotions are primary causes of behavior in animals and people. From this belief it follows that being able to identify emotional states in animals is crucial for predicting, controlling and understanding behavior. Persons who cannot identify an angry, aggressive emotion in an animal may be at risk for injury by the animal. Those that cannot identify fear or pain in an animal may unintentionally cause further harm to the animal. But what are emotions? Everyone has some idea about what they are, but how good is the research on emotions in animals? Do emotions really cause behavior or are they simply a reflection of physiological and behavioral processes? People who care for, work with or try to help animals must have some knowledge of emotions – what they are and how they are expressed. In this webinar we’ll discuss what is known of the causes of emotions and how to identify and change emotions. There are exciting new techniques for measuring and identifying emotions in animals that are changing the way we think about animals and the way we interact with them. In this webinar you’ll learn • The difficulties in defining and identifying emotions in animals and people • A brief look at what is known about the physiological basis of emotions • Differences between emotional states and emotional traits • Relationships between emotions and stress • New and “traditional” methods for measuring emotions • Factors that influence human perception of emotions in animals So join us for a fascinating look at this fast moving area of research and the important applications of this knowledge to bettering the lives of pets and their people.
Sponsor:Animal Behavior Associates
Speaker(s):Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB