Turns out, dogs are indeed capable of understanding the emotions behind an expression written all over your face.
Turns out, dogs are indeed capable of understanding the emotions behind an expression written all over your face. Dogs seem to be gifted with intimate knowledge of our souls! A new study conducted by Springer and published in the journal Learning & Behavior is latest to reveal how connected dogs can be with people. The study claims that dogs process negative and positive emotions cued by human facial expressions using different parts of their brain. Next time you see your dog turning the head to the left, it could be picking up that you are angry, fearful or happy. And if there is a look of surprise on your face, your dog might turn the head to the right. The study conducted on 26 feeding dogs by presenting photographs of the same two adults’ faces – a man and a woman. The pictures were placed strategically to the sides of the animals’ line of sight. The images showed human face expressing six basic human emotions – anger, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise, disgust or being neutral. The dogs showed increased cardiac activity and greater response when they were shown images of faces expressing anger, fear, and happiness. The time taken to resume feeding were longer after looking at these images. The higher heart rate in these dogs indicated that they were experiencing high-stress levels.
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