Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

Babies know what dogs are saying.

It's Skinner meets Pavlov at Brigham Young University in Utah.  Researchers there have found that human babies innately understand the expressions and verbalizations of dogs, regardless of how much exposure they've had to them.  The researchers designed an experiment where babies are shown two pictures of dogs with different expressions, and recordings of different barks were played.  About 85 percent of the babies looked at the picture that matched the emotion of the bark.  The researchers think that not all of the 15 percent that didn't respond to the barks or didn't look at the correct photo were uncognizant of the relationship, and may have just been thinking "Okay, that sound goes with that picture, and I'm more interested in that thing over there."

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