Ever wondered how your canine is able to read your facial expressions, understand the tone of your voice?
Ever wondered how your canine is able to read your facial expressions, understand the tone of your voice? It is because they use different parts of their brains to process negative and positive human emotions, a study says. According to the study, by living in close contact with humans, dogs have developed specific skills such as picking up on emotional cues contained in a person’s voice, body odor and posture, as well as reading faces, that enable them to interact and communicate efficiently with people. The finding showed that dogs tend to turn their heads to the left when they feel human faces expressing anger, fear or happiness. The reverse happened in case surprised expressions, possibly because they view it as a non-threatening, relaxed expression. “Clearly arousing, negative emotions seem to be processed by the right hemisphere of a dog’s brain, and more positive emotions by the left side,” said Marcello Siniscalchi from the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy.
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