Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada made a decision to test how well people could determine cats' moods based on feline facial expressions. "Our finding that some people are outstanding at reading these subtle clues suggests it's a skill more people can be trained to do", said study lead Lee Niel, a behavioral biologist at the university.
Each participant was asked to indicate whether the cat was experiencing a positive state, a negative one, or if they were unsure as to what the animal was feeling.
"I developed the idea from my conviction - right or wrong - that I can tell when my own cats are happy", says Georgia Mason, a professor in the University of Guelph's Department of Animal Biosciences.
Science is confirming what many pet owners already know - cats are hard to read.
For their study, the team recruited more than 6,300 people from 85 countries. The new study takes into account a wider range of emotions, "including fear and frustration, as well as positive emotional states" stated Mason.
People can infer cats' affective states from subtle aspects of their facial expressions - although most find this challenging - and some individuals are very good at doing so.Читайте также: Oregon Ducks vs. Utah Utes
The team examined YouTube videos with obvious positive and negative scenarios then isolated just the face of the cat to present to the participant. Each video focuses on the cat's face.
Most people found the test a bit of a challenge: The average score was 12 out of 20-somewhat above chance. However, 13% of the participants scored around 15 out of 20 correct answers: these are the "cat whisperers". But the most skilled diviners of feline feelings were people with professional experience involving cats, including veterinarians.
"The fact that women generally scored better than men is consistent with previous research that has shown that women appear to be better at decoding non-verbal displays of emotion, both in humans and dogs", said Mason, who worked on the study along with post-doctoral researchers Jenna Cheal and Lauren Dawson.
Surprisingly, being a cat lover didn't have an effect on the results, while younger adults did better than older people.
Even folks who don't feel a strong attachment to cats may have the sixth sense.
No, your cat can't read minds, and probably can't communicate telepathically.
"This is important to be able to do because it could help strengthen the bond between owners and cats", Niel said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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