When We Look Into Another's Eyes
Does it matter if we're gazing at a loved one or a dog we may meet at the park?
Posted Mar 23, 2014
Though at first glance this article might seem esoteric, in very real terms it offers us insights into how we communicate with one another. And, simply put, the results proved to be quite remarkable. Merely by looking at photographs of a dog's face in different contexts (such as playing ball, meeting a stranger, or resting quietly with their companion nearby), human subjects of various backgrounds—both those accustomed and unaccustomed to living with dogs—consistently and accurately interpreted a dog's facial expressions. While the emotions that the researchers assigned to some of the contexts (i.e., anger, fear, and disgust) questionably describe a dog’s motivational states, both experienced and inexperienced subjects interpreted most emotions remarkably consistently.