A number of studies have been made to know what dogs think or what they are capable of. Here are five interesting studies on dog that will definitely amaze you.
1. Dog minds are far more complex than originally thought.
Cognitive interactive studies were used by Yale researches to learn more about how dogs’ minds work. One of the methods used in the study is the book test. In this test, the dog looked on as his or her companion sits and reads, and then puts the book on the floor behind them. Afterwards, someone came into the room and took the book. The result indicated that, not only do the dogs seem to realize something is wrong, but that they also appear to be attempting to alert their companions.
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2. Dogs listen to words, not just human voices
According to a recent study made by University of Sussex, dogs process human speech in a similar way to us. Mammal communication researchers in the School of Psychology found out that dogs use various parts of their brain to process the verbal components of a familiar sentence and the speaker’s emotion or intonation. To learn more about this study, click here.
3. Dogs are able to tell the difference between angry and happy faces.
Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna found out that pet dogs can discriminate emotional expressions in human faces. The study revealed that this ability may depend on extensive interaction with humans and/or domesticated and that dogs probably use their memories of real emotional human faces to make such discrimination. Here’s the link to the study.
4. Dogs can tell when people are trying to fool them.
Researchers at Kyoto University suggested that dogs can tell when a human is trying to fool them or when he or she is lying. In its abstract, the researches wrote that “not only dogs are highly skilled at understanding human pointing gestures, but also they make inferences about the reliability of a human who presents cues and consequently modify their behavior flexibly depending on their inference. Here’s the abstract to this study.
5. Dogs improve cancer patients’ well-being.
Global animal health company Zoetis published a study revealing that visiting with a dog improves the emotional being of cancer patients’ well-being, even when their physical condition worsens. The study was based on anecdotal evidence. According to Dr. J. Michael McFarland, veterinarian and Zoetis group director of Companion Animal Veterinary Operations, what makes the study even more interesting is that the benefit is stronger when people interact with an animal rather than a friendly human visitor. The study was published here.