This is a guest post featuring the Useful Science Podcast, which is produced in collaboration with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
Useful Science is a website that posts one-sentence summaries of scientific research relevant to your everyday life.
They also publish a biweekly podcast designed that takes a deeper dive into interesting science topics guided by a rotating list of hosts with varying areas of expertise.
With over 40 episodes and a thousands of article summaries, the Useful Science archive is a treasure trove of information on topics like the science of love, smartphones and sleep, organic beef, pets, temper tantrums, productivity, nature therapy, and many, many more.
In the episode featured here, Cameron, Duncan, and Susan discuss the many benefits of dogs on our well-being.
In one example, researchers in Canada found that therapy dogs can positively impact patients’ experiences in stressful hospital settings plagued by long wait times.
And in an observational study of families with young children, researchers found that pre-schoolers who played with the family dog three or more times per week displayed fewer conduct problems, and more prosocial behaviors, compared to children who had little or no dog-time in their lives.
Listen to the full episode below, and check out the Useful Science website for more succinct science summaries and podcasts.