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Can dogs love? Can any animal love? Why should we care? Some will argue, no they can not love?it is all about neural motor responses hard-wiring behind every behavior. Others will argue that strong emotions, such as love, are necessary for social functioning. Neuropsychologist Sarina Saturn will discuss the neuroanatomy and chemistry underlying negative and social emotions and how this knowledge can be applied towards understanding variations in animal behaviors and living happier and healthier lives. There are chemicals in our bodies (and other animals' bodies!) that are associated (increase or decrease) with "feelings" of emotions such as love, stressed, sensitivity, reactivity, sociability, etc. ?.and this is fascinating and important to dog lovers, trainers, behavior consultants and anyone that has anything to do with dogs. Particularly fascinating is the use of oxytocin spray to decrease negative behaviors and increase pro-social behaviors with dogs. Its use with autistic children is almost a miracle. This lecture will do a "bit of delving" into the science of the biology of stress, fear, and other emotions and what happens neurochemically when these are experienced?followed by what naturally occurring neurotransmitters and/or hormones can moderate these negative states or traits in our pets. Please join us in this extremely cutting edge lecture by a leading researcher in emotional and social studies as she discusses her NSF funded research and others' research in this area. This talk is moderated by research Veterinarian, Giovanna Rosenlicht at Oregon State University.? Moderated by Giovanna Rosenlicht, DVM
Sponsor:E-Training for Dogs, Inc.
Speaker(s):Sarina Saturn, PhD
Contact: Cheryl Aguiar