Relationships with animals & nature
This area of research examines children and adolescents' relationships with animals, attachment to, and care of pets, psychological processes associated with empathy, attitudes & emotion recognition, & children's connectedness with nature.
Childhood attachment to pets
Our work on the Defra funded projects led to a series of studies examining children's attachments to pets and their impact on mental health/well-being.
Attitudes & emotion recognition
Projects investigating children's attitudes & ability to recognise animal emotions and welfare states in animals.