Basic Social and Personality Psychology Research on Human-Animal Interactions
The field of human-animal interactions and the exploration of new ways in which animals can facilitate physical, social, and psychological well-being are growing rapidly. Much of the research, however, has been applied in nature – focusing on assessing a specific issue or testing the effectiveness of interventions. In contrast, far less research has evaluated the basic psychological processes that underlie human-animal interactions. This work is critical in helping inform existing interventions and creating the foundation for the development of novel treatments. Thus, the aim of this special issue is to promote and advance research regarding the psychological roots of human-animal interactions from social and personality perspectives.
Papers for this special issue may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following topics: fundamental relationship processes underlying the human-animal relationship; social cognition and perception related to animals; animal stereotyping and discrimination; understanding the role animals play within the self-concept; attitude formation and attitude change in animal preferences; and contagion of emotions between humans and animals.
Papers must be submitted by 11/30/2018. Please direct any inquiries (e.g., suitability, format, scope, etc.) to the guest editor: Anthony Coy (firstname.lastname@example.org).