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Mental health and well-being in animals.

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This second edition of Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals is fully revised, expanded, and comprehensively updated with the most current knowledge about the full array of mental health issues seen in animals. Written by key opinion leaders, internationally-recognized experts and specialists, it is comprehensive covering basic principles to mental wellness, emotional distress, suffering and men...


Chapter 16 (Page no: 231)

Mental health issues in farm animals: a music mixing board model of behavioral characteristics using the Panksepp emotional system.

In this chapter, the author discussed the Panksepp basic emotional systems and suggests based on studies that it is the best way to explain the many conflicting results in scientific studies of farm animal temperament. From the different studies he presented he then concludes that the Jaak Panksepp seven emotional traits of Fear, Rage, Panic (separation distress), Seek, Lust, Nurture/ care and Play form the basis of animal personality. The strength or weakness of each trait can be influenced by a combination of inherited factors, learning or direct environmental effects, or nervous system reactivity. A music mixing board with separate volume controls for each Panksepp emotional trait provides an easy-to-understand framework for individual differences in behavior.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Mental health in animals: a veterinary behaviorist's view. Author(s): Horwitz, D. F.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 8) The problems with well-being terminology. Author(s): McMillan, F. D. Yeates, J. W.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 21) The philosophical and biological evolution of feelings in well-being. Author(s): Duncan, I. J. H.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 33) The relationship between mental and physical health. Author(s): Bain, M. Buffington, C. A. T.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 50) Moving beyond a problem-based focus on poor animal welfare toward creating opportunities to have positive welfare experiences. Author(s): Mellor, D. J. Beausoleil, N. J.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 67) The mental health and well-being benefits of personal control in animals. Author(s): McMillan, F. D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 82) Quality of life of animals in veterinary medical practice. Author(s): Yeates, J. W.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 96) The mental health and well-being benefits of social contact and social support in animals. Author(s): McMillan, F. D.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 111) Subjective well-being, happiness, and personality in animals. Author(s): Weiss, A. Robinson, L. M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 123) Fostering mental and behavioral wellness during upbringing and throughout life. Author(s): Estep, D. Q. Hetts, S.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 140) What is distress? A complex answer to a simple question. Author(s): McMillan, F. D.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 156) Suffering, agency, and the Bayesian mind. Author(s): Weary, D. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 167) Mental illness in animals: diagnostic considerations using selected mental disorders. Author(s): Overall, K. L.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 182) Psychological trauma and posttraumatic psychopathology in animals. Author(s): McMillan, F. D.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 212) Cognitive and emotional disorders in the aging pet. Author(s): Wilhelmy, J. Landsberg, G.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 242) Mental health issues in the horse. Author(s): Mills, D. S. Ricci-Bonot, C. Hall, S. S.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 257) Mental health issues in shelter animals. Author(s): Cussen, V. Reid, P. J.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 277) The mental health of laboratory animals. Author(s): Elkhoraibi, C. Robinson-Junker, A. Alvino, G. Carbone, L.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 291) Mental health issues in captive birds. Author(s): Seibert, L. M.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 302) Psychological well-being in zoo animals. Author(s): Shepherdson, D. Carlstead, K.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 315) Mental health issues in captive cetaceans. Author(s): Marino, L.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 328) Assessing affective states in animals. Author(s): Mendl, M. Paul, E. S.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 345) Treatment of emotional distress and disorders - nonpharmacologic methods. Author(s): Reid, P. J.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 364) Treatment of emotional distress and disorders - pharmacologic methods. Author(s): Crowell-Davis, S.

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