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Dogs Can Differentiate Between Happy and Angry Human Faces (Video & Text)

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Dogs may be able to differentiate between happy and angry expressions in people. They may also be able tell that these expressions correlate with positive and negative meanings, respectively--a conclusion resulting from a study led by...


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Barb K (1687)
Friday February 13, 2015, 12:24 pm
They may also be able tell that these expressions correlate with positive and negative meanings, respectively--a conclusion resulting from a study led by the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria.

In the research, dogs were trained to discriminate between a happy and an angry human expression from 15 pairs of photos which revealed only the upper half or lower half of the face.

Researchers then showed the dogs a mix of photos displaying different halves of familiar and unfamiliar faces, and based on the results, determined that "the dogs performed significantly above chance level" of recognizing when a face was happy or angry, even in people they didn't know.

It also appears that dogs who were rewarded for identifying happy expressions learned more quickly than when picking out angry ones, indicating previous knowledge that angry people are less likely to give a treat or other reward.

According to the study authors, this is the first study to date which convincingly shows that an animal can discriminate between expressions of another species without simply responding to local cues.


Barb K (1687)
Friday February 13, 2015, 12:26 pm
The animals usually hang out with their own species. But recently, zoo keepers at Busch Gardens noticed the unlikely pair that just can't seem to get enough of one another.

Barb K (1687)
Friday February 13, 2015, 12:33 pm
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Barbara K (61)
Friday February 13, 2015, 12:58 pm
Thanks, Sweetie. Our pets are so much smarter than we think.

Charlene Rush (79)
Friday February 13, 2015, 1:14 pm
They may be able to sense it in two ways ~ through sight and an aura your body transends, which humans don't perceive.

Perhaps, we should start trying to read body language, though animals and humans.
It can only improve us.

Axa T (60)
Friday February 13, 2015, 2:02 pm
It's not the expression of my face, it's the thoughs they feel. When I was angry, not to the dogs, they felt it and slipped out of my way. I noticed that many times and asked them back, pologozing. They can feel your sadness, lonelyness, pain, sorrow, anger and even a sickness, a flu's so amazing!

Kamia T (89)
Friday February 13, 2015, 2:16 pm
I have to believe that my pups have ESP. They don't even have to be looking at my face, but if I'm frustrated about something, they can tell. The ones who have been abused before I rescued them try to go hide, and the ones who I've had their entire lives tend to come up and make happy faces; patty paws to try and cheer me up. The photos of the other animal pairs are pretty amazing too!

Pat B (356)
Friday February 13, 2015, 2:21 pm
My corgi can read me like a book. So can my cats. Thanks, Barb. xo

Birgit W (160)
Friday February 13, 2015, 2:50 pm
Why human beings think that animals are less intelligent is a mystery to me. Thanks for sharing.

Ted W (127)
Friday February 13, 2015, 3:00 pm
Noted, forwarded, read and watched vid, shared ultra-liberally and enjoyed! Theres no doubt about it animals are smart and wonderful! Each one in thier own little way, Just like some humans! Thank you Barb, for sharing this! :)

Ruth C (87)
Friday February 13, 2015, 3:59 pm
Animals are sooo much smarter and compassionate then we are, for one they don't kill for fun!

Past Member (0)
Friday February 13, 2015, 4:33 pm
I can honestly say I have never been sad when I had a dog.
Thank you Barb

Angeles Madrazo (298)
Friday February 13, 2015, 4:46 pm
Very interesting! Thank you!

Donna Hamilton (159)
Friday February 13, 2015, 5:24 pm
I'm not surprised - dogs are a lot smarter than most people give them credit for. Thanks, Barb.

Animae C (507)
Friday February 13, 2015, 10:35 pm
T.Y. Barb

Connie Palladini (106)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 1:04 am
It does not surprise me. Thank you for sharing, Barb!

Tanya W (65)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 3:04 am
🐶Always knew they were smart!!! 🐕

SylvieBusy A (190)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 3:31 am
I am sure about that.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 3:41 am
There are many more reasons to love our furry friends

P A (117)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 5:09 am
Dogs are very much cleverer than scientists have been willing to believe until recently - they have always patronised pet owners who have said these things about their dogs - but we are right! Thanks Barb - at least the scientists have proved it to their own satisfaction now!

Tina F (113)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 5:20 am
Feeling bad you can fool people by putting on a happy face but the brightest smile in the world can't fool your cat or your dog! They just know! Thanks Barb!

. (0)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 6:44 am
Smarter than humans for sure & kinder......

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 7:39 am
Yeah, I also think animals are far more sensitive than we are, and far more intelligent than we give them credit for.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 4:53 pm
Thanks Barb, animals know way more than what we know so much of the time.

S J (124)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 5:43 pm
not only dogs but my cats can do, they shall always look after, comfort and do so many more things for me. they are certainly very much better than many humans in my life.

thanks Barb

Brenda P (125)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 8:42 pm

Lady Suki (446)
Tuesday February 17, 2015, 2:05 pm
Thanks for the forward Ted. This is kinda common sense. Thanks for posting Barb.

Lynn Carin (367)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 11:09 pm
Noted. Thanks for forwarding, Ted. Thanks for the share, Barb. Yes, our pets are quite perceptive too. We know each other well - through looks, words and eye contact... sometimes I don't even have to say anything, they're in tune with our feelings!
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