Pandemic Pets aims to understand how our relationships with our pets have evolved over the course of the pandemic, and how they might change after the pandemic. Currently, we are looking for participants to help us to understand this process.
You will be asked to complete an online survey now, and after the pandemic (likely fall of 2021 or winter of 2022, pending health restrictions). For your time you will be compensated by either an Amazon, or other ethical shopping site e-gift card of $5.00 CAN, or a donation of equal value to an animal shelter, for completing each survey. Your participation at each time point is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time. Each survey takes approximately 25-30 minutes, and your responses will be confidential.
To be eligible, you must be 18 or older, own a cat or dog, living in Canada or the U.S., and fluent in English. There are no physical risks in this study but you may experience mild discomfort when responding to questions on stress, feelings of loneliness, or mood.
If you are interested, please go to: https://carletonu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WID0smvpkCxHw2 or email Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kiri Sidhu at email@example.com. You may also contact Dr. Kim Matheson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ethics for this project have been approved by the Research Ethics Board at Carleton University (Clearance #115831). If you have any ethical concerns about this study, please contact the Carleton University Research Ethics Board-B by email at email@example.com.
By Jennifer Vorobej, 4th-Year Neuroscience and Mental Health Student
By Zoë Williams, 4th year Neuroscience and Mental Health Student
We’ve all heard the saying, but how accurate is it? This informative video by Zoë Williams explores how the foods we eat can influence our brain and delves into the mechanics of how diet could impact mood and cognition, particularly highlighting the important role of our microbiota in this gut-brain axis.
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The past year has been challenging for all of us, but children and youth have been hit especially hard with stress, social isolation, and the loss of in-class learning and other routine activities. Studies indicate that the pandemic has taken a toll on mood and anxiety levels among kids and teens, underlining the critical importance of mental health care.
Fourth-year Neuroscience and Mental Health student Jennifer Vorobej created the poem below to encourage children and youth to ask for help when they need it through services like Kids Help Phone. It's okay to not be okay!