Scientists at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada) have identified the best sedative for students, which suppresses stress during the session. Their article is published in the journal Stress and Health , writes “RIA News” .
Researchers watched the students during the session, dividing them into two groups. The first group was asked to play with the pupils before the exam. The results of the observations showed that even ten hours after communicating with the dogs, students were less likely to complain about stress and felt more support from others than the other participants in the experiment.
“The games with therapeutic dogs are becoming increasingly popular in universities around the world, but no one has tried to check whether the one-time communication with the” healing animal “really helps the students somehow,” said study co-author Emma Ward-Griffin. Experiments have shown that contact with them really positively influences the students’ well-being.
The authors of the article believe that pet therapy should be used more often during especially difficult sessions and other difficult periods in the life of students, when they constantly experience stress and negative emotions.