Published on December 24th, 2013 | by admin
Anthropomorphism: are we guilty?
Julie Hecht, MSc is a researcher and science writer fascinated not just by animal behaviour and welfare, but how we think about animals and the consequences of those thoughts. Take anthropomorphism (attributing human characteristics to animals or objects) as a key example. In this episode of Human Animal Science we explore what actually happens when we think that dog is guilty; or that cat is grumpy. We discuss why we anthropomorphise and how it impacts on the animals.
Listen to this podcast:
Hecht & Horowitz (2012) Physical prompts to anthropomorphism of the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) Third Canine Science Forum, Barcelona, Spain. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8, e30.
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