The Anticipated Utility of Zoos for Developing Moral Concern in Children

This study asked why parents value zoo experiences for themselves and their children. It proposes a new theory regarding the psychological value of such experiences for the development of identity. The study used a constructivist grounded theory approach to explore parenting perspectives on the value of zoo visits undertaken by eight families from three adjacent […]

Equine Learning Behaviour: Accounting for Ecological Constraints and Relationships with Humans in Experimental Design


Friendship among Adult Female Blue Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis)

A study group of blue monkeys in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya, provides data on friendly relationships between adult females. Females are invariably antagonistic toward members of other groups, and collaborate with their own groupmates in defending territorial boundaries. Females are primarily responsible for these aggressive intergroup encounters, which occur every other day on average. Encounters […]

On describing relationships

(1) The study of inter-individual relationships requires a descriptive basis. Description, however, must be guided with respect to the ultimate goals of the investigator-understanding the dynamics of relationships, prognosis, specification of necessary conditions, etc. (2) The nature of inter-individual relationships, how they can be described, and the nature of their stability, are discussed briefly. (3) […]

Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership

Social support is critical for psychological and physical well-being, reflecting the centrality of belongingness in our lives. Human interactions often provide people with considerable social support, but can pets also fulfill one’s social needs? Although there is correlational evidence that pets may help individuals facing significant life stressors, little is known about the well-being benefits […]