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Goats Prefer Happy People—on the Right

2018-08-30 00:09
If you want to make friends with a goat, then stitch on a smile, turn that frown upside down ... and keep to their right. Scientists have known that various animals traditionally used as pets or close companions can read human facial expressions, but no studies had been done on less closely domesticated animals. Researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have shown that goats can read human faces—preferring ones with happy, positive expressions. “The study of emotion perception has already shown very complex abilities in dogs and horses," said Natalia Albuquerque, co-author of the study, published in Royal Society Open Science. "However, to date, there was no evidence that animals such as goats were capable of reading human facial expressions," said Albuquerque.