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Social referencing and cat–human communication

Overview of attention for article published in Animal Cognition, January 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (85th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
7 news outlets
blogs
5 blogs
twitter
25 tweeters
facebook
3 Facebook pages

Citations

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18 Dimensions

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113 Mendeley
Title
Social referencing and cat–human communication
Published in
Animal Cognition, January 2015
DOI 10.1007/s10071-014-0832-2
Pubmed ID
Authors

I. Merola, M. Lazzaroni, S. Marshall-Pescini, E. Prato-Previde

Abstract

Cats' (Felis catus) communicative behaviour towards humans was explored using a social referencing paradigm in the presence of a potentially frightening object. One group of cats observed their owner delivering a positive emotional message, whereas another group received a negative emotional message. The aim was to evaluate whether cats use the emotional information provided by their owners about a novel/unfamiliar object to guide their own behaviour towards it. We assessed the presence of social referencing, in terms of referential looking towards the owner (defined as looking to the owner immediately before or after looking at the object), the behavioural regulation based on the owner's emotional (positive vs negative) message (vocal and facial), and the observational conditioning following the owner's actions towards the object. Most cats (79 %) exhibited referential looking between the owner and the object, and also to some extent changed their behaviour in line with the emotional message given by the owner. Results are discussed in relation to social referencing in other species (dogs in particular) and cats' social organization and domestication history.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 2%
United States 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Hungary 1 <1%
Colombia 1 <1%
Unknown 107 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 25 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 14%
Student > Master 14 12%
Researcher 10 9%
Other 9 8%
Other 39 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 35 31%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 22 19%
Psychology 19 17%
Unspecified 18 16%
Social Sciences 5 4%
Other 14 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 108. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 May 2019.
All research outputs
#142,347
of 13,384,384 outputs
Outputs from Animal Cognition
#53
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Outputs of similar age
#3,316
of 294,816 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Animal Cognition
#5
of 35 outputs
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