Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sounds Convey Similar Emotions—Whether From Dogs or Humans

If you’ve ever cared for a dog, you’ve learned that it’s easy to guess whether your pet is excited, scared or happy, just from the sounds he or she makes. Instinct might tell us that we can guess the emotions behind human sounds in the same way; but surprisingly, no scientific study has actually compared the ways in which these two species’ vocalizations convey emotion—until now.
Dog howling
In October 2013, a team led by Tamás Faragó at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary set out to compare human emotional responses to nonverbal sound cues. They began by gathering 200 recordings of vocalizations—some from dogs; others from humans—whose length, tone and intensity seemed to convey a variety of emotional states.

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