Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin

Beck, A,M., Barker, S.B., Gee, N.R., Griffin, J.A., Johnson, R (2018). The Background to Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research. Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 6 (Special Edition), 47-62.


Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), and specifically what is called the human-animal bond, has a long history. The long-standing social implications of our association with animals continue as well as an ever-increasing utilization of animals to help mitigate the impact of disabilities. In the last four decades there has been a growing research enterprise exploring the human health consequences of our association with animals as well as studies of the psychological and physiological mechanisms to help explain the findings. Research in the area continues and the future of HAI is both challenging and exciting.