Tag Archives: Animals

Temperaments and paw preference in cats

9 Oct

Bio-behavioral asymmetries are not unique to humans. A recent paper reports that paw preference in cats is linked to their temperament:

Research points to a relationship between lateralization and emotional functioning in humans and many species of animal. The present study explored the association between paw preferences and emotional functioning, specifically temperament, in a species thus far overlooked in this area, the domestic cat. Thirty left-pawed, 30 right-pawed, and 30 ambilateral pet cats were recruited following an assessment of their paw preferences using a food-reaching challenge. The animals’ temperament was subsequently assessed using the Feline Temperament Profile (FTP). Cats’ owners also completed a purpose-designed cat temperament (CAT) scale. Analysis revealed a significant relationship between lateral bias and FTP and CAT scale scores. Ambilateral cats had lower positive (FTP+) scores, and were perceived as less affectionate, obedient, friendly, and more aggressive, than left or right-pawed animals. Left and right pawed cats differed significantly on 1 trait on the CAT scale, namely playfulness. The strength of the cats’ paw preferences was related to the animals’ FTP and CAT scores. Cats with a greater strength of paw preference had higher FTP+ scores than those with a weaker strength of paw preference. Animals with stronger paw preferences were perceived as more confident, affectionate, active, and friendly than those with weaker paw preferences. Results suggest that motor laterality in the cat is strongly related to temperament and that the presence or absence of lateralization has greater implications for the expression of emotion in this species than the direction of the lateralized bias. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

“WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? CHILDREN RIDING ALLIGATORS”

5 Jun

Over at Dangerous Minds we find a post on the Los Angeles Alligator Farm. Between 1907 and 1984 you could have your child photographed riding on an alligator.

A little internet searching shows that this ill advised practice has not died out:

Nature or nurture?

27 May

The psychology of dogs

19 Oct

Current Directions in Psychological Science has just published a special issue on cognition in dogs! Here is a list of the articles:

Ádám Miklósi and Enikő Kubinyi
Current Trends in Canine Problem-Solving and Cognition

Rosalind Arden, Miles K. Bensky, and Mark J. Adams
A Review of Cognitive Abilities in Dogs, 1911 Through 2016: More Individual Differences, Please!

William A. Roberts and Krista Macpherson
Of Dogs and Men

Juliane Kaminski and Patrizia Piotti
Current Trends in Dog-Human Communication: Do Dogs Inform?

Monique A. R. Udell and Lauren Brubaker
Are Dogs Social Generalists? Canine Social Cognition, Attachment, and the Dog-Human Bond

Per Jensen, Mia E. Persson, Dominic Wright, Martin Johnsson, Ann-Sofie Sundman, and Lina S. V. Roth
The Genetics of How Dogs Became Our Social Allies

Ludwig Huber
How Dogs Perceive and Understand Us

Clive D. L. Wynne
What Is Special About Dog Cognition?

Sarah Beurms and Holly Christine Miller
Sharing More Than the Sofa: What Dogs Can Teach Us About Human Self-Control

Thomas R. Zentall and Kristina F. Pattison
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Object Permanence in Dogs

Gregory S. Berns and Peter F. Cook
Why Did the Dog Walk Into the MRI?

Bella helps me fold the laundry

Bella helps me fold the laundry

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