A team of psychologists and experts in animal behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil found that dogs perceive humans emotions thru association of images and sounds.
This behavior has never been seen outside human boundaries; limited to homo erectus scope of interaction. Now this study proves otherwise; it has cross the interspecies frontier.
Dogs form representations of positive and negative emotional states when interacting with other dogs or humans, that were not previously learned or practice.
The study involved 17 household dogs paired with happy/sad images and sounds of humans and dogs. The study showed that dogs were able to match facial expressions with its proper vocalization.
Previous studies have shown that dogs recognize facial expressions in peers and humans, but not emotions. Go to the next page to see the rest of the story.