Therapy dogs: 'Perfect medicine' to help students survive finals

Story highlights

  • College campuses around the country are bringing in dogs to help stressed students
  • Canine interaction increases oxytocin production, a hormone that reduces anxiety
  • Studies show petting dogs lowers blood pressure
The tension at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library is palpable.
It's finals. Nearly every single desk is full amid a flurry of activity. A young woman in an Emory sweatsuit tears through her notebook as the furious whoosh of pages turning carries through the hushed study area.
Next to her, a group of young men stand in a circle, leaning in and frantically whispering a debate about supply side economics. To the left of them is another a young woman, her face firmly planted on a computer keyboard. She snores softly.
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