Hank Davis (1993) The Inevitable Bond . Psycoloquy: 4(12) Human Animal Bond (1)
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Psycoloquy 4(12): The Inevitable Bond

[Hank Davis & Dianne Balfour (eds.) (1992) 24 Chapters, 399 pgs; Cambridge University Press]
Precis of Davies on Human-Animal-Bond

Hank Davis
Department of Psychology
University of Guelph
Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1



Animals are widely used as research subjects, yet it is only recently that we have acknowledged the bond that frequently develops between subject and researcher. An increasing body of evidence suggests that it may result in profound behavioral and physiological changes in the animal subject in turn having marked effects on what is being studied. It may simply not be possible to avoid aversive encounters in certain species. This being the case, "resting" metabolic baselines may be seen in a new light as being elevated from truly normal levels or behavioral observations may include an inordinate number of undiagnosed defensive reactions. Over the course of 24 chapters, THE INEVITABLE BOND sends a clear message: To ignore the existence of experimenter effects on animals or to minimize the bond that created them reflects considerable scientific myopia. It reveals insensitivity to the complexity of the animal subject and may distort our understanding of the very processes we intend to study.


Human-animal bond, interactions, relationships, scientist-animal interactions, rodent-human interactions, animal psychology, behavioral research, attachment, human-nonhuman relationships, dog-human interaction, behavioral arousal, rhesus monkeys, pongid pedagogy, ape cognition, automated avoidance, pseudohabitutation.