August 8, 2017
The Republican recently interviewed Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Becofsky about a new study she's leading in her Behavioral Medicine Lab. Becofsky sought dog owners for the SPOT study*, which will assess the effects of obedience training on the dog-owner bond and human-health outcomes.
Becofsky's research involves promoting activities that people enjoy and/or deeply value and that get them moving as a "side-effect." She is also very interested in the mental, social, and physical health benefits of the human-animal bond, and specifically studying the effects of pairing people with companion dogs.
*Editor's note: The SPOT study has closed recruitment and is no longer accepting new applications for this trial. Please check the Behavioral Medicine Lab website for updates about future studies investigating the health benefits of companion dogs and the dog-owner bond.