Curiosity on Stage - This week: How Pets Promote Our Mental Health

Canada Science and Technology Museum
Apr 6, 2019
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Curiosity on Stage - This week: How Pets Promote Our Mental Health
Demo Stage
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Included with admission
Language Comments
Presentation in English with a bilingual Q+A.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.

While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.

This week: How Pets Promote Our Mental Health

Dr. Kim Matheson and Maria Pranschke, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University

Maria Pranschke is completing her graduate studies in Neuroscience together with Dr. Kim Matheson, Professor and Joint Research Chair in Culture and Gender Mental Health held at Carleton University and The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research. Working from an understanding of the psychosocial and biological processes underlying stress, coping, and mental health, they have recently been conducting research to assess the role of companion pets in promoting mental health resilience.

Have you ever noticed how coming home to a pet at the end of a hard day can help you to feel better? We will talk about some of the underlying neurobiological processes that might account for how pets can contribute to people’s mental health. These might be especially the case for members of socially marginalized groups (such as the homeless), who do not have a lot of positive social interactions. We will also consider the social and psychological factors that might enhance the positive effects of having a companion pet on mental health.