Skip to comments.Dogs can detect emotion in human voices, study shows
Posted on 02/22/2014 4:03:45 AM PST by driftdiver
Think your dog can tell when youre feeling sad or happy? You may be right.
Dogs are sensitive to cues of emotion in human voices, according to a new study from Current Biology. Researchers suspect the area of the brain responsible for voice and sounds in both dogs and humans evolved at the same time, 100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors.
"Dogs and humans share a similar social environment," Attila Andics, of MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Hungary, said in a press release. "Our findings suggest that they also use similar brain mechanisms to process social information. This may support the successfulness of vocal communication between the two species."
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This should be no surprise to anyone.
Lost me with “100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors.”
^^^^^ LOL. True that. ^^^^^
Well OK but in their defense my dog thinks he’s part of the family.
You should have posted an evolution barf alert with this one.
So can cats. But, they just don’t care.
Dogs not only detect human emotion, they display it; happiness, sadness, boredom, jealously, guilt.
Researchers suspect the area of the brain responsible for voice and sounds in both dogs and humans evolved at the same time, 100 million years ago, when the two species shared common ancestors.
The same researchers will tell you that T. Rex was walking the earth 67 million years ago. So ... back about 30 million years before T. Rex there was (I guess) some kind of creature which was a common ancestor to both dogs and man, and the researchers have come up with evidence about how that creature's brain processed voice and sounds.
It's fantasy time.
“This should be no surprise to anyone.”
For sure. We need a study for this? Anyone who has a dog knows that with dogs it’s all about tone. Merely watch their ears. When they go back or flatten they know they’re in trouble. When they’re perked up all is good. Actually, it’s the same with kids, lol :)
Anyone who has a dog already knew this. My labs know when someone in the house is not feeling well or is off their normal mood. If their person is sick, they are low key and will not leave their side. If their person is angry, they slink off to the beds.
There is also a cute story about why the dog is named dog. He was created in God’s reverse image - he follows and admires us the way that we are supposed to follow and admire God. (short version)
My dog IS part of the family.
He still seems to think that if he drinks Dad’s coffee, he is going to turn into a human. He is right there at the bathroom sink in the morning, standing up and checking everyone out in the mirror.
Nope, still a dog. Need more coffee. Black, please.
Mine is currently miffed at me for not sharing my bacon this morning.
Dogs can detect human emotion, even without voices.
I agree. Our ACD will react to the slightest movement if he thinks it means food or play time. He’s over 100 now and slowing down but he used to sit with his frisbie in his mouth staring at me as I used the computer. If I so much as moved my eyes to look to the side at him, his tail would start wagging. If I turned my head he would get up, tail wagging and start to whine. Hard to ignore. I used to say that my cat hung out with me when I was sick so that she could eat me when I died. Kind of different.
Its not what you say, its how you say it. I’ve been telling clients this for over 40 years.
Dogs know things. I don’t know how or why, but, they do. I’ve had dogs that came to know what I was going to do before I did. They figure sh!t out. I’ve had some great dogs but my sister has an Aussie that, honest to God, has a sense of humor. He will do silly things and then stop and “grin” if you will all seemingly knowing he’s made a funny. Strange.
Mrs. ShirleyP was on the phone getting the news that a dear friend had died. She started crying, and our doggie Homer jumped up on her and was crying too.
And to Dennis Prager, yes, I would have saved Homer from drowning before saving an unknown person.
That is totally understandable.
The rule in our house is the Boy Dog gets at least a taste of everything the rest of the pack gets, unless it is specifically something not-for-dogs.
We don’t _give_ him coffee. He specifically sneaks up and steals it right out of Dad’s cup (only Dad’s. He leaves mine, with cream and sugar, alone). I’m pretty sure it is on the not-for-dogs list.
All that face-licking and butt-sniffing is really just about who got to eat what, you know. He probably is wondering why he’s so unloved.;~)
There are Australian Cattle Dogs ACD and Australian Shepherds. The later were actually bred and developed I believe, in Texas. I had what may have been an early version when I was a kid. Born with no tail, small with markings and coat like a German Shepherd. He was a great dog. Now the breed is larger and comes in a variety of colors. ACDs are a mix of shelpie, Dalmatian, and dingo and were developed in Australia to herd cattle. They are also called healers since they were bred to nip at heels. They are wicked smart and athletic. Our ACD is one/quarter border collie which makes him even smarter and a little hyper. We had to train the dingo out of him at an early age. He’s now very beta. I still wouldn’t leave him a lone with an infant.
And dogs have a big sense of humor. Cats struggle with that. With socialism, half of America is being bred less intelligent, while some dogs are being bred more intelligent. At some point the average IQs will pass each other. The question will become: do I adopt a pet dog from the pound, or a pet Democrat from the ghetto.
Even now you’re infinitely better off adopting the dog than the DemonCrap.
I wonder; just how much did this cost us?
These researchers have a time machine, don’t cha know.
My doxies can tell when I’m mad at them. They don’t quit doing what they are doing but I can tell they understand by the smirk.
The dogs had never left our unfenced yard, they strolled from back porch to front porch and went no farther and were watchful.
After he was killed the dogs became very protective. Their circle around the house became larger and larger.
It finally extended into the middle of our next door neighbors yards and into the street. The post office stopped delivering our mail, no one could walk down the sidewalk in front of our house.
If people came into our house the dogs stayed between us and the guest,they were calm and watchful but they were so big people felt threatened. I miss those dogs!
That’s a nice story!
One of my favorite sayings is “Be the person your dog thinks you are!”
That is of course very true, but I also think dogs pick up on hormonal/pheromonal levels in body scent and can detect stress, illness, and other emotional states through nonverbal cues as well.
Dogs are people too! Well no, but you understand what I mean.
As if I didn’t know this.
No MY dog, but most dogs can. Or at least she doesn’t care.
Mammals have existed for as long as dinosaurs, by evolution views. Or at least their immediate ancestors.
Actually you also missed the point that Tyrannosaurs weren’t the only dinosaurs, and they existed a very long time before, so easily your 30 million is covered. (Actually it’s billion.)
Even more than that, with no telltale movement or sound, they can -smell- your emotions, even before you might realize you’re feeling them.
Every ‘emotion’ has a unique chemical signature and they read us like books.
If I have to “share an ancestor” with an animal, far better it be dogs than monkeys.
No wonder they bite.
We’ve all heard the stories about dogs knowing when you are coming home.
And there are people who continually say “He’s just used to a routine, he doesn’t know...”
I had a job for years that would take me away for random amounts of time, maybe two or three days, maybe a week, maybe ten days.
Normally, when I was home, my dog would lie on the back porch. But he actually preferred to lie UNDER the back porch, just that when I was home, he wanted to be right at the door if I came out or tossed him a treat.
My neighbor watched him when I was gone.
He (my neighbor) would to this day swear on a stack of bibles that as soon as I left, my dog would go under the back porch.
And the morning I was due back, he would wander out and get on top of the porch!
I’ve seen the exact same behavior in a golden lab who belongs to my other neighbor. The neighbors go away camping or to church functions, whatever, for various amounts of time. When they are gone, this dog is hanging on my porch or sniffing in the woods or laying in the sun somewhere.
When my neighbors are due back, he’s in the driveway...
He knows. Somehow, he knows.
“The question will become: do I adopt a pet dog from the pound, or a pet Democrat from the ghetto.”
Get a dog, the Democrats sh!t on everything and cannot be housebroken.