Feline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat

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Research co-supervised by Leanne Proops finds evidence that narrowing your eyes at a cat builds a rapport with them

Period7 Oct 2020 → 23 Apr 2021

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  • TitleHow to make friends with a cat? Squint your eyes and blink
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletGreenMe.it
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    Date23/04/21
    DescriptionSquinting or blinking slowly can help make friends with cats. In fact, these gestures are positively interpreted by felines and correspond to the genuine smile of human beings
    Producer/AuthorFrancesca Mancuso
    URLhttps://www.greenme.it/abitare/cani-gatti-e-co/come-fare-amicizia-gatto/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleTell me you love me
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletFauquier Times-Democrat
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date13/02/21
    DescriptionThey speak without words, and that says a lot. Your dog tilts his head a certain way or places a paw just so, and you swear you know what he’s saying. Or maybe your cat “speaks” to you with her body language, rubbing against your leg, purring and gazing adoringly into your eyes. You just know she’s telling you she loves you.
    Producer/AuthorAmanda Gray
    URLhttps://www.fauquier.com/lifestyles/telll-me-you-love-me/article_e1619fa2-6e24-11eb-bfc9-83463f302be2.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleWhat blinking slowly means to cats, according to science
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletProtoThemaNews.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryGreece
    Date5/01/21
    DescriptionScientists confirm that slow blinks are an effective way to connect with a cat
    URLen.protothema.gr/what-blinking-slowly-means-to-cats-according-to-science/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitlePurr-fect petting: How to bond with cats
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Star Malaysia Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryMalaysia
    Date2/12/20
    DescriptionResearchers in Britain have shed some light on how to build a “rap-paw” with your cat, or even your friend or neighbour’s cat, for that matter. Instead of simply smiling, it seems that the key to feline bonding is to slow blink at a cat.
    URLhttps://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/living/2020/12/02/purr-fect-petting-how-to-bond-with-cats
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleStudy finds that slow blinking can help owners bond with their cats
    Media name/outletMRCVS.co.uk
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date11/11/20
    DescriptionA study conducted by psychologists at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth has revealed for the first time that a slow blinking technique can be used as a form of positive communication between cats and humans.
    URLhttps://www.mrcvs.co.uk/en/news-story.php?id=19856
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleHow To Get A Cat To Like You, According To Scientific Study
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletYourTango
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date6/11/20
    DescriptionAccording to a study from Nature journal Scientific Reports, cats are sensitive to human cues that facilitate competition between different species of the same ecological area, including cues to the emotional state.
    Producer/AuthorMegan Hatch
    URLhttps://www.yourtango.com/2020337838/how-get-cat-you-according-scientific-study
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleWant the cat owner to like you? Try blinking slowly
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSina
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryChina
    Date29/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered that squinting the eyes is the best way to establish a rapport with cats
    Producer/AuthorWang Jiayuan
    URLhttps://finance.sina.com.cn/tech/2020-10-29/doc-iiznezxr8693529.shtml
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleThis is the secret to winning the affection of your cat in 3 steps, according to psychologists
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletCountry Living
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date29/10/20
    DescriptionWant to strengthen the bond with your cat? A team of psychologists from the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth have discovered a clever trick to help you win the affection of your cat — and all it takes is your eyes.
    Producer/AuthorLisa Walden
    URLhttps://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/pets/a34490630/cat-affection-human-trick/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleThe secret to winning the affection of your cat in 3 steps has been revealed
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletYahoo!
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryIndia
    Date29/10/20
    DescriptionResearch, which was published in the Nature Journal Scientific Reports, found that narrowing your eyes is the best way to build a strong bond with your cat. In fact, when humans slowly blink and mimic what is known as the 'cat smile', it forms a positive communication between cats and humans.
    URLhttps://in.style.yahoo.com/secret-winning-affection-cat-3-080000482.html?src=rss
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleBlink slowly if you want to bond with your cat, say researchers
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletTimesLIVE
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa
    Date28/10/20
    DescriptionA research team from the universities of Sussex and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom have discovered it is possible to build rapport with your cat by using an eye narrowing technique.
    Producer/AuthorSanet Oberholzer
    URLhttps://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/2020-10-28-blink-slowly-if-you-want-to-bond-with-your-cat-say-researchers/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitlePurr-fect petting: Study sheds light on how to bond with cats
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPhilippine Daily Inquirer
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryPhilippines
    Date17/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth in the United Kingdom have studied cat-human interaction, offering some insight into how cat owners can bond with their pets.
    URLhttps://technology.inquirer.net/104845/purr-fect-petting-study-sheds-light-on-how-to-bond-with-cats
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitlePurr-fect petting: Study sheds light on how to bond with cats
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletYahoo!
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritorySingapore
    Date16/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers in the UK have shed some light on how to build a "rap-paw" with your cat, or even your friend or neighbor's cat, for that matter. Instead of simply smiling, it seems that the key to feline bonding is to slow blink at a cat.
    URLhttps://sg.style.yahoo.com/purr-fect-petting-study-sheds-101859428.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleResearch: Squinting your eyes slowly can increase emotional communication with cats
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEpochTimes.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryChina
    Date13/10/20
    DescriptionAn experiment by scientists verified that by squinting the eyes like a cat, the owner can better make the cat understand how friendly people are to it.
    URLhttps://www.epochtimes.com/gb/20/10/12/n12470437.htm
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • Title‘Slow-Blinking’ May Help Humans Bond With Cats, Study Says
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletHamzala.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date13/10/20
    DescriptionA new study about cat-human communication has provided scientific evidence of what many cat lovers already suspected: “Slow-blinking” may help people bond with their feline companions.
    URLhttps://www.hamzala.com/178696/slow-blinking-may-help-humans-bond-with-cats-study-says/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleDoing the 'Cat Smile' Actually Gets Cats To Like You, Confirms Study
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletInteresting Engineering
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date12/10/20
    DescriptionPsychologists from the University of Sussex and the University of Portsmouth have recently released a study regarding the relationship between humans and cats. According to the study, humans can positively communicate with cats as long as they "slow blink".
    Producer/AuthorIrmak Bayrakdar
    URLhttps://interestingengineering.com/doing-the-cat-smile-actually-gets-cats-to-like-you-confirms-study?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=article&utm_content=12102020
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleNew study finds humans can communicate with cats by blinking slowly
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletKZTV-TV Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date12/10/20
    DescriptionA recent study found that it’s possible to build rapport with your cat by using an eye narrowing technique with them, which generates a cat smile, also known as a “slow blink.”
    Producer/AuthorSarah Dewberry
    URLhttps://www.kztv10.com/news/national/new-study-finds-humans-can-communicate-with-cats-by-blinking-slowly
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleNew study finds humans can communicate with cats by blinking slowly
    Media name/outletTodays TMJ4
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date12/10/20
    DescriptionA recent study published in the online journal Scientific Reports found that cats will appear friendlier and more approachable to humans who use slow-blinking, eye-narrowing facial expressions, which psychologists at the Universities of Portsmouth and Sussex referred to as a "cat smile."
    Producer/AuthorSarah Dewberry
    URLhttps://www.tmj4.com/news/national/new-study-finds-humans-can-communicate-with-cats-by-blinking-slowly
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleResearchers prove that the trick that cats like is "blink slowly"
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletGigazine
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryJapan
    Date9/10/20
    DescriptionA team at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Sussex have demonstrated that the act of "blinking slowly" has the effect of making friends with the cats they meet for the first time.
    URLhttps://gigazine.net/news/20201009-slow-blinks-communicate-cat/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleStudy Finds Slow Blinking Is Key To Befriending Cats
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletLad Bible
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionA new study has found you can win over your feline friends by narrowing your eyes or slow blinking at them
    Producer/AuthorClaire Reid
    URLhttps://www.ladbible.com/news/animals-study-finds-slow-blinking-is-key-to-befriending-cats-20201008
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleHow to make friends with cats, according to science
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNew York Post
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionResearch suggests that humans can signal goodwill by learning how cats themselves smile - that is, when a cat narrows its eyes and shuts them, holding them closed for a few brief moments. The move is a show of accord, both between cats and with their human companions.
    Producer/AuthorHannah Sparks
    URLhttps://nypost.com/2020/10/08/how-to-make-friends-with-a-cat-according-to-science/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleNarrow your eyes and blink in slow-motion to befriend your cat, scientists find
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Independent
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionAccording to research cats are one of several animals that respond to the so-called Duchenne smile, which is defined as a natural smile that sees people raise the corners of their mouth and create crow’s feet around the eyes.
    Producer/AuthorOlivia Petter
    URLhttps://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/cats-befriend-narrow-eyes-slow-motion-b881945.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleNarrow your eyes and 'cat smile' if you want more feline affection
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Telegraph
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionNarrowing your eyes is the best way to win the affection of cats, scientists have discovered
    URLhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/08/narrow-eyes-cat-smile-want-feline-affection/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleHow to get your cat to like you: Smile like them, study says. Here’s how to do it
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Charlotte Observer
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers might have found a way to strengthen you and your cat’s bond. All you have to do is squint your eyes, proceed with a “slow blink.”
    Producer/AuthorKatie Camero
    URLhttps://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article246318635.html#storylink=rss
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleFeline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat – new psychology study
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMirage News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date8/10/20
    Description‘The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat-human communication’, published online in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, has shown for the first time that it is possible to build rapport with a cat by using an eye narrowing technique with them.
    URLhttps://www.miragenews.com/feline-friendly-how-to-build-rap-paw-with-your-cat-new-psychology-study/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleBBC Somerset Coverage
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletBBC Somerset
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionRadio coverage of research co-supervised by Dr Leanne Proops which finds evidence that narrowing your eyes at a cat builds a rapport with them
    Producer/AuthorBBC
    URLtiny.cc/4sbzsz
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleHow to get your cat to like you: Smile like them, study says. Here's how to do it
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletDaily Magazine
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionThe "eye narrowing" technique isn't particularly new, but it's the first time it's been tested in a controlled experiment, according to the researchers, who say the eye play may be a form of "positive emotional communication between cats and humans."
    URLwww.dailymagazine.news/how-to-get-your-cat-to-like-you-smile-like-them-study-says-here-s-how-to-do-it-nid-1326167.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleHere's how to build a better bond with your cat - according to scientists
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Ellon Times
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered that narrowing your eyes is the best way to build a rapport with cats.
    Producer/AuthorSteve Deeks
    URLhttps://www.ellontimes.co.uk/read-this/heres-how-build-better-bond-your-cat-according-scientists-2997070
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleExperts reveal how to have a ‘conversation’ with your cat
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNews Cabal
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered narrowing your eyes is the best way to build a rapport with cats.
    URLhttps://www.newscabal.co.uk/experts-reveal-how-to-have-a-conversation-with-your-cat/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleCats can communicate with you via eye movement, research suggests
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUsaTodayPost.com
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryTurkey
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionA team of psychologists has found a way to communicate positive emotions with cats using eye movement. The researchers from the Portsmouth and Sussex universities in the U.K. found that narrowing eyes at a cat in a movement they described as a “slow blink,” followed by a prolonged eye narrowing or closure is like smiling for cats.
    URLhttps://usatodaypost.com/cats-can-communicate-with-you-via-eye-movement-research-suggests/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleWant to make friends with a cat? Blink slowly, say scientists
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletScience Focus
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionCats are more likely to approach an outstretched hand after a slow blink, a study has found
    Producer/AuthorSara Rigby
    URLhttps://www.sciencefocus.com/news/want-to-make-friends-with-a-cat-blink-slowly-say-scientists/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleBBC Sussex Coverage
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletBBC Sussex
    Media typeRadio
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionRadio coverage of research co-supervised by Leanne Proops, which finds evidence that narrowing your eyes at a cat builds a rapport with them
    URLtiny.cc/7lczsz
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleYour Cat Will Like You, If You Slowly Blink At It: Study Says It's Like Smiling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletIndia Times
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryIndia
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionA new study reveals that cats show affection too, it’s just their way of showing that is a little different, and one of the ways to make them like you depends on how you blink your eyes in front of them.
    Producer/AuthorMonit Khanna
    URLhttps://www.indiatimes.com/technology/science-and-future/cat-human-behaviour-study-524705.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleNarrowing your eyes can help build a bond with your cat, 'exciting' University of Portsmouth study suggests
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers have found that a technique mimics what is known as a cat smile – referred to as a ‘slow blink’ – appears to make the human more attractive to the cat.
    Producer/AuthorSteve Deeks
    URLhttps://www.portsmouth.co.uk/education/narrowing-your-eyes-can-help-build-bond-your-cat-exciting-university-portsmouth-study-suggests-2996469
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleIf you want your cat to love you, slow-blink at it
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletMail Online
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered a sure-fire way to win a feline over, and it centres around partially closing your eyes. The subtle movement of a 'slow blink' is the cat equivalent of a human smile and allows a rapport to build up between human and animal
    Producer/AuthorJoe Pinkstone
    URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8815681/Feline-friendly-Slow-blinking-cat-moggy-version-SMILING.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleNarrowing your eyes can help build a bond with your cat, study suggests
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNews Chain
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/10/20
    DescriptionScientists have discovered narrowing your eyes is the best way to build a rapport with cats. In a study, researchers found that the technique mimics what is known as a cat smile, referred to as a ‘slow blink,’ and it appears to make the human more attractive to the cat.
    URLhttps://www.newschain.uk/news/narrowing-your-eyes-can-help-build-bond-your-cat-study-suggests-38338
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleFeline friendly: Slow-blinking at a cat is their version of smiling
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBig World Tale
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/10/20
    DescriptionThe subtle movement of a ‘slow blink’ is the cat equivalent of a human smile and allows a rapport to build up between human and animal, scientists say
    URLhttps://bigworldtale.com/science/feline-friendly-slow-blinking-at-a-cat-is-their-version-of-smiling/
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleMake friends with your cat by narrowing your eyes and slow blinks, scientists suggest
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe i
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/10/20
    DescriptionResearchers have shown for the first time that eye narrowing helps people build a rapport with cats – seeming to have a similar effect on them as smiling does on humans.
    Producer/AuthorTom Bawden
    URLhttps://inews.co.uk/news/science/make-friends-cats-explained-narrowing-eyes-sussex-university-680454
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleFeline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPhys.org
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Date7/10/20
    DescriptionA study "The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat-human communication," published online in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, has shown for the first time that it is possible to build rapport with a cat by using an eye narrowing technique with them
    URLhttps://phys.org/news/2020-10-feline-friendly-rap-paw-cat.html
    PersonsLeanne Proops
  • TitleFeline friendly? How to build rap-paw with your cat - new psychology study
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNewswise
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Date7/10/20
    DescriptionA team of psychologists at the Universities of Sussex and Portsmouth have purr-fected the art of building a bond with cats.
    URLhttps://www.newswise.com/articles/feline-friendly-how-to-build-rap-paw-with-your-cat-new-psychology-study
    PersonsLeanne Proops

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