Cardiovascular effects of human-pet dog interactions

  title={Cardiovascular effects of human-pet dog interactions},
  author={Julia K. Vormbrock and John M. Grossberg},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
Recent research on human-dog interactions showed that talking to and petting a dog are accompanied by lower blood pressure (BP) in the person than human conversation. To clarify whether cognition, conditioning, or tactual contact exerted the major influence in this so-called “pet effect,” 60 male and female undergraduates with either positive or neutral attitudes toward dogs interacted with a dog tactually, verbally, and visually while BP and heart rate were recorded automatically. Results… 
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