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Research has attempted to induce stress and has been unsuccessful at demonstrating the efficacy of stress reduction. This may indicate that animal interaction is more beneficial when reducing longer-term stress rather than short-term stress, like what has been studied in the past. Additionally, animals may be more effective at reducing life stress as opposed to artificially produced stress.
Past research has limited the time participants may spend interacting with the study animals. The current study will allow participants to spend as much time as necessary with the café cats.
The present study will record a physiological marker of stress and measure perceived stress before and after interacting with cats at a local cat café with the aim of increasing clarity regarding the underlying stress reduction mechanism.
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work | Sociology
Beasley, Nicole L., "Stress Reduction After Visiting Cats in a Cat Café" (2019). Content presented at the Roesch Social Sciences Symposium. 14.