Title

Dogs and Mood Changes

Date

5-26-2016 8:30 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 10:30 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jaime M. Cloud

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

It has been theorized that having a dog can change individuals’ mood. The link between dogs and mood is important because mood is the state of one’s emotions and feelings, which can influence how individuals cope with stress, interact with others, make decisions, and function. The aim of this study was to measure the effect dogs have on mood based on gender and it was predicted that, between men and women, a picture of a dog would have a stronger influence on women’s mood than men’s. It was also predicted that a picture of dog would be more effective on mood than a picture of flowers. Men and women were presented with a picture of a dog or a picture of flowers. Both genders were asked to fill out an emotions survey based on their feelings after viewing the picture. There were no significant findings that mood is influenced due to a picture of a dog nor due to a picture of flowers.

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Dogs and Mood Changes

WUC Pacific Room

It has been theorized that having a dog can change individuals’ mood. The link between dogs and mood is important because mood is the state of one’s emotions and feelings, which can influence how individuals cope with stress, interact with others, make decisions, and function. The aim of this study was to measure the effect dogs have on mood based on gender and it was predicted that, between men and women, a picture of a dog would have a stronger influence on women’s mood than men’s. It was also predicted that a picture of dog would be more effective on mood than a picture of flowers. Men and women were presented with a picture of a dog or a picture of flowers. Both genders were asked to fill out an emotions survey based on their feelings after viewing the picture. There were no significant findings that mood is influenced due to a picture of a dog nor due to a picture of flowers.