Theory: “Elderly people who interact with pets are happier than elderly people who do not interact with pets.” My hypothesis is that “Elderly women who interact with golden retrievers have better days and are therefore happier than elderly women who do not interact with golden retrievers.” Elderly men and women can be effected by animals in very different ways, so by focusing on just one gender we are able to narrow down the outcome of the experiment. The same goes for “pets”. People enjoy some pets company more than others, but by studying how just one type of pet changes the happiness of a person the results will be more specific and reliable. Now happiness can be measured in many different ways especially because it is only a feeling, but for the purpose of this experiment I am going to measure happiness by the level of how good or bad a person’s day is. As well as define “interaction with pets” as spending time with them. For this experiment I am going to use 10 elderly female volunteers from a nursing home and split them up evenly into two groups, the control group and the experimental group. Neither group will know what the study is or what it is for. The 5 people in the experimental group will live their lives the same as before the experiment except for one change. Once a week from 2:00 – 3:00 pm a volunteer who is not a part of either group and who doesn’t know what the experiment is about will bring in a golden retriever, and for one hour every week for 2 months will spend time with that retriever. The control group on the other hand will not have any differences made to them. They will live their lives just as they did before and they also will not know what the study is or what it is for. This brings us to the amount of happiness they experience. Every night after the women have dinner they will be asked, “How was your day on a scale of 1-10?” 1 being the worst day possible and 10 being the best day ever. As said...
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