Dogs recognize dog and human emotions

Dogs recognize dog and human emotions

Author Albuquerque, Natalia Google Scholar
Guo, Kun Google Scholar
Wilkinson, Anna Google Scholar
Savalli, Carine Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Otta, Emma Google Scholar
Mills, Daniel Google Scholar
Abstract The perception of emotional expressions allows animals to evaluate the social intentions and motivations of each other. This usually takes place within species

however, in the case of domestic dogs, it might be advantageous to recognize the emotions of humans as well as other dogs. In this sense, the combination of visual and auditory cues to categorize others' emotions facilitates the information processing and indicates high-level cognitive representations. Using a cross-modal preferential looking paradigm, we presented dogs with either human or dog faces with different emotional valences (happy/playful versus angry/aggressive) paired with a single vocalization from the same individual with either a positive or negative valence or Brownian noise. Dogs looked significantly longer at the face whose expression was congruent to the valence of vocalization, for both con-specifics and heterospecifics, an ability previously known only in humans. These results demonstrate that dogs can extract and integrate bimodal sensory emotional information, and discriminate between positive and negative emotions from both humans and dogs.
Keywords Canis Familiaris
Cross-Modal Sensory Integration
Emotion Recognition
Social CognitionCanis-Familiaris
Language English
Sponsor Brazil Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel
Date 2016
Published in Biology Letters. London, v. 12, n. 1, 2016.
ISSN 1744-9561 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Royal soc
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000368940900017

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