Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Pet dogs served many useful purposes, especially by provoking social interaction in the lives of their owners. The purpose of this study was to show that a person accompanied by a dog received more greetings from passersby than a person without a dog. This was a field study using a female confederate, a dog, and three observers. Subjects passing in front of the confederate were recorded as a greeter or a non-greeter. Results formulated by the Chi Square showed that when the confederate was with the dog, they were greeted significantly more than when they were not accompanied by the dog. This study had important applications for people who consider themselves lonely, shy, or socially inept.
BF1 .M63 v. 5 no. 2 1997
Dunlap, Emily; Graham, Lori; Burton, April; and Roberts, Chassity
"The presence of a dog increases greetings: a study in social intervention,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol5/iss2/5