Psychology and Psychosis of the Human Animal Bond

Dr. Courtney Campbell on Pet Life Radio

What makes an animal hoarder different from an animal lover?  Cat lovers have a psychology all their own, as do animal abusers and animal hoarders. We talk with psychologist, Art Markman, about the how’s and why’s of human brains when it comes to pets.  We find out why we love cats and why we grieve the loss of cats. His answers may surprise you.


Art Markman is a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. He has written over 150 scholarly papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation.  He brings insights from cognitive science to a broader audience through his blogs at Psychology Today and Fast Company as well as his radio show/podcast Two Guys on Your Head.  Art is the author of several books including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs.  He is an avid supporter of the no-kill movement in Austin and has two adorable adopted dogs.