Guinea Pig Psychology

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When playing with guinea pigs at school, children with autism spectrum disorders are more eager to attend, display more interactive social behavior and become less anxious, according to a series of studies. One of the most recent study was just published in Developmental Psychobiology. The children played with two guinea pigs in groups of three - one child who was on the spectrum and two typically developing peers. The first time that typically developing children played with the guinea pigs, they reported feeling happy and registered higher levels of arousal. "Maybe it's easier to interact with others when you have a third object, rather than face-to-face interaction." Yet when children on the autism spectrum played with toys in the presence
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