Generally we think of time spent playing with our cats as a bit of self-indulgent fun in an otherwise hectic day. Now, however, our playful interactions with our feline friends can actually benefit science!
A new scientific study is seeking people willing to record video of themselves playing with their cats. Yes, you read this correctly! If you're currently owned by at least one cat, then you're invited to record yourself playing with your cat and submit the recording online.
Here's what Cats Do Science, the organization running this study, has to say about their project: "Millions of cats live as our companions or pets, yet we have much to learn about our interactions with them. With your help, we are exploring the ways cats and their people play together."
The deadline is June 30, 2019. You can take part in the study here.
The study is open to any participant who is 18 or older, anywhere around the world—and since it's entirely online, you and your kitty won't have to travel to participate. Simply record a short video of you and your cat playing and submit it online by June 30, 2019 here.
So far, participants have played from the United States, Belgium, Canada, England, and Germany.
The project is run by Julie Hecht, a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY and supervised by Dr. Diana Reiss of Hunter College. Hecht is an animal behavior researcher, public speaker, and science writer, and Reiss is a cognitive psychologist, marine mammal scientist, and professor at Hunter College.
If you and your kitties are interested in playing on camera—for science!—you can find more info about how to participate in the study by visiting the site's Participate Here page.
For more information about this study and the scientists conducting it, check out their website at www.CatsDoScoence.com.
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