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New Fireside Chat: Attachment Friday, May 7, 2021

The Emotional Lives of Animals

A talk by Temple Grandin PhD

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In the field of equine and animal assisted practice, our understanding of the emotional lives of animals is paramount. When we partner with animals to bring about healing for humans, this knowledge and understanding becomes even more important. Animal and human welfare, learning, growth, and healing are not separate because, as we say in Natural Lifemanship, “True healing cannot happen at the expense of another.” Temple Grandin, will teach us about the work of a Washington State University neuroscientist named Jaak Panksepp who identified a series of core “emotion systems” in animals: SEEKING, PLAY, CARE, and LUST (on the positive side) and FEAR, PANIC and RAGE (on the negative). Most of all, we will learn from Dr. Grandin’s observations and her perspective on why Panksepp’s work matters so much to animals and to humans, and to this little field in which we move.

About Temple Grandin

When Temple Grandin, PhD, was a teen, she visited a ranch for the first time and became fascinated with cattle. Years later, she would become a Professor of Animal Science and a world renowned expert on the inner worlds of both four legged beings and of human beings with autism, of which she speaks from personal experience. She is the author of several national bestsellers on both topics, offering a distinctly humane and empathic understanding of how animals and how humans with autism perceive and experience the world. Dr. Grandin’s work has resulted in more humane livestock handling facilities and techniques used across the globe, and more informed approaches to parenting and educating children with autism. Her research and writings on animal behavior have been instrumental in helping people reduce the stress their animals experience during handling. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018 made a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information about Dr. Temple Grandin, visit her website:

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