|The study of human-animal interactions is a field in which
specialists in a diverse range of scientific fields bring insight from their varied
perspectives to research on human-animal interaction. This interdisciplinary field
of study first emerged in the 1970s. Today, human-animal interaction is conducted
from the viewpoint not only of zoology, but also includes a wide and growing range
of perspectives medical, sociological, pedagogical and more. Animal-assisted
therapy, for instance, is an important field of psychology shedding light on phenomena
related to the healing effect of interaction with animals on patients suffering
from stress or mental trauma. Recent research results have shown that caring for
pets has helped stabilize the conditions of patients with high blood pressure.
These are a few of the products of research in this field, whose role is the object
of much anticipation in our modern society in which stress is such a major issue.