Amiot C, Bastian B. Toward a psychology of human-animal relations. Psychological Bulletin. 2015, 141(1): 6–47


Nonhuman animals are ubiquitous to human life, and permeate a diversity of social contexts by providing
humans with food and clothing, serving as participants in research, improving healing, and offering
entertainment, leisure, and companionship. Despite the impact that animals have on human lives and vice
versa, the field of psychology has barely touched upon the topic of human–animal relations as an
important domain of human activity. We review the current state of research on human–animal relations,
showing how this body of work has implications for a diverse range of psychological themes including
evolutionary processes, development, normative factors, gender and individual differences, health and
therapy, and intergroup relations. Our aim is to highlight human–animal relations as a domain of human
life that merits theoretical and empirical attention from psychology as a discipline.

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