Dogs are sensitive to human suffering

According to a recent study, are able to distinguish when people are sad and express empathy when faced with distressed beings.

Scientists at Goldsmiths College London say that domestic dogs are able to distinguish people who are sad. According to a recent study, these animals express empathy when faced with distressed beings. As newspaper La Vanguardia, this research seems to confirm that "a dog is man's best friend."

Two professionals from the Department of Psychology at the university, the researcher Jennifer Mayer and Dr. Deborah Custance, were those who developed this kind of research, which focused on discovering whether these animals can respond to the emotional states of individuals. For this, 18 dogs of various breeds and ages-were Amor-animales_MUJIMA20120821_0031_37exposed for 20 seconds to four experimental situations in which the owner of the dog or a stranger pretending to mourn, make a strange buzzing or carried on a normal conversation.

The reactions of the animals showed singular empathy when people-whether their own or an unknown person-watering. "The dogs came who was crying, regardless of their identity. Thus, responding to the emotions of the person, not their own needs, suggesting an empathic behavior, "Jennifer said.

"The drone was designed to provoke the curiosity of dogs. The fact that dogs differ from mourn and buzz indicates that their response to crying was not purely driven by curiosity, "said Custance, as published by La Vanguardia. "Rather, the crying causes a greater emotional response in dogs."

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