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Health & FitPetting Cats Linked to Reduced Stress Levels: 'Just 10 Minutes Can Have a Significant Impact'

16:36  22 july  2019
16:36  22 july  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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“ Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact ,” Patricia Pendry, an associate professor in WSU’s Department of Human Development, said in a Monday university press release. “Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.”

' Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact ,' said Patricia Pendry, an associate professor in WSU's Department of Human Development. The first group were provided 10 minutes of hands-on interaction with dogs and cats . The second group waited in line while observing others petting the

Petting Cats Linked to Reduced Stress Levels: 'Just 10 Minutes Can Have a Significant Impact'© Washington State University Patricia Pendry, associate professor in Washington State University's Department of Human Development, co-authored the study with WSU graduate student Jaymie Vandagriff. A new study confirms what most pet owners already know: Petting our four-legged love ones lowers stress levels.

The report, published in the peer-reviewed journal AERA Open, is the first to examine the link between showing affection to pets and reducing stress levels in a realistic environment.

Researchers at out of Washington State University looked at animal visitation programs offered at many universities during finals week and other anxiety-inducing times.

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‘ Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact .’ The results were published in the journal AERA Open as the first study that has demonstrated The first group received hands-on interaction in small groups with cats and dogs for 10 minutes . They could pet , play with, and generally hang out with the

They discovered that petting cats or dogs led to huge reductions in stress hormone cortisol. The remainder either observed others petting animals; watched a slideshow of cats and dogs or were put on a The university’s Prof Patricia Pendry said: “ Just ten minutes can have a significant impact .”

"We already knew that students enjoy interacting with animals, and that it helps them experience more positive emotions," co-author Patricia Pendry told the WSU Insider. "What we wanted to learn was whether this exposure would help students reduce their stress in a less subjective way. And it did, which is exciting because the reduction of stress hormones may, over time, have significant benefits for physical and mental health."

Pendry's team placed 249 college students into four groups: The first group was allowed to pet and play with dogs and cats for 10 minutes. The second group watched the first group play while waiting for their turn.

A third group was shown a slideshow of the animals the first group played with. The final group was the control—members were told they were "waitlisted" and had to wait for 10 minutes without their phones or other distractions them.

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" Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact ," Patricia Pendry, an associate professor from WSU's Department of Human Development, was quoted by Science Daily. "Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone

“ Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact ,” said Patricia Pendry, an associate professor in WSU’s Department of Human Development. “Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.” Many universities have instituted

Taking saliva samples from participants throughout the day, researchers found that the first group had significantly lower levels of cortisol, a hormone that typically increases in response to stress.

"Just 10 minutes can have a significant impact," said Pendry.

Previous studies had reached similar results, but were conducted under laboratory conditions: A 2001 report found that pet owners had lower blood pressure during times of mental stress than those without pets. Another study from the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College showed pet owners were more likely to survive at least one year after a heart attack.

Pendry and her team are building on their research by studying the impact of a four-week program using animals to prevent stress. She says the preliminary results are positive.

Nearly 1,000 colleges across the United States have animal visitation programs. Most involve bringing dogs, cats and, occasionally, other species for students to pet for between five and 45 minutes.

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They discovered that petting cats or dogs led to huge reductions in stress hormone cortisol. Later those students who interacted directly with the pets were found to have significantly less cortisol in their saliva. The university’s Prof Patricia Pendry said: “ Just ten minutes can have a significant

Researchers of a new study find that just 10 minutes with pets can significantly reduce stress . Participants of the study had much lower cortisol levels after they spent time with dogs and cats . The effects were observed after just 10 minutes of the intervention.

These programs are have proven popular with both faculty and students.

"Ever since we started inviting the therapy dogs, students aren't really interested in anything else," said librarian Jasmine Jefferson of Kent State's "Stress Free Zone," offered every semester since 2012. "A lot of people miss their pets when they're away, so the dogs fill a void that they've been missing and play a huge role in why this event is so popular."

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