Special Issue "Mutual Recognition of Emotions in the Human-Animal Relationship"
A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Human-Animal Interactions, Animal Behaviour and Emotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: comparative psychology; animal cognition; human-animal interaction; human-dog relationship
Recognizing the emotional states of others plays a pivotal role in both intra- and inter-specific social relationships. Humans have shared their life with either companion or farm animals for a long time but today in the society there is a growing need to develop a respectful and ethical relationship with them. This requires a deeper understanding of their emotional life and of the different modalities animals use to express and communicate it to us. Yet, the human-animal relationship is based on reciprocity which includes animals' ability to recognize humans’ emotions. Despite the popular opinion that animals are sensitive to human emotional states and that humans can easily recognize either positive and negative emotions expressed by species living close to us, researchers are still far from having a clear insight on whether and how mutual emotion recognition between human and animals occurs.
The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to gather the most recent scientific findings on the topic of inter-specific emotion recognition: awareness of the emotional side of the relationship would support more correct human-animal interactions thus promoting animal welfare. Original manuscripts that address different aspects of this topic are invited for this special issue: in particular behavioral, motivational and neuro-physiological perspectives on mutual recognition and sharing of emotional states within the human-animal relationship are welcome.
Dr. Emanuela Prato-Previde
Dr. Paola Maria Valsecchi
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- emotion expressions
- emotion recognition
- negative/positive emotions
- human-animal relationship
- animal welfare