Kid you not: Goats can read your face

Kid You Not Goats Can Read Your Face

Kid You Not Goats Can Read Your Face

"These findings suggest that the ability of animals to perceive human facial cues is not limited to those with a long history of domestication as companions, and therefore may be far more widespread than previously believed", the study said.

"Dogs are very skilful at perceiving human communicative cues, and they can also integrate visual and acoustic emotional information", says Savalli Redigolo "Horses also seem to perceive and differentiate emotional valences from human faces".

"Not only can they distinguish between these emotional expressions, but they also generally prefer happy faces".

Research also shows that dogs and horses prefer a smile to a frown.

A paper published August 29, in Royal Society Open Science indicates that domesticated goats are pretty tuned in to our facial expressions.

Then, the pasta-giver was replaced by two large, side-by-side photos of human faces, one smiling and one angrily frowning, tacked to the metal meshes.

The results were most significant when the photo of the smiling person was placed on the right side of the test space. The researchers selected faces that were unfamiliar to the goats and used one female face and one male face.

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As the editor of a blog called Goats and Soda (see this story for the explanation behind the name), I'm always interested in the latest goat research. The idea was that the goat would walk toward the face it's more attracted to, but things didn't always go exactly to plan.

"There are hundreds of millions of these animals and they deserve to get the best possible care that we can give them", lead researcher Alan McElligott, professor at University of Roehampton, told ABC News. "We only looked at spontaneous behaviour, meaning they only did what they truly wanted".

The study has also been hailed as a wonderful step towards a better relationship with our working animals, and that more rights might be afforded to them if we can fully understand the levels of interaction between us.

The researchers found that the goats strongly preferred the smiling faces, approaching the happy faces before acknowledging the angry photos.

According to study led by scientists at Queen Mary University in London, goats can recognise different human facial expressions and they much prefer to interact with happy people.

The scientists put 20 goats into a pen that was filled with photos of humans with happy faces and humans with sad or angry faces.

But dogs aren't the only domestic animals that can read our emotions.

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