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People really like dogs more than humans

People really like dogs more than humans

Only those who have a puppy at home know the love that it is able to provide. Many owners treat these pets as if they were their children and do everything for them. A study has just confirmed what we all knew: most people like dogs more than others.

To verify this theory, psychologists at Northeastern Universtity in the United States conducted an experiment in which four false news allegedly published in the Boston Globe to 256 undergraduates.

The information had different victims: an adult in his 30s, a one-year-old baby, a newborn puppy, and an older dog with six years old. The article, published in the journal Society & Animals, showed how the news had been given to the volunteers, changing only the protagonist: "According to the witnesses present at the scene, a particularly cruel attack involved a one-year-old cub who was struck with a baseball bat by an unknown attacker. Arriving at the crime scene a few minutes after the attack, a police officer found the victim with one leg "

After reading the news, volunteers were asked how they felt, and the experts used specific questions to measure their levels of empathy. The results indicated that the canine baby, the human baby, and the adult dog aroused in everyone more pity than the adult human.

In fact, the levels of empathy for the puppy, the older dog, and the human baby were at similar levels, while the adult person has reached the last. The adult dog only received lower scores of empathy when compared to the baby. The team hypothesized that the vulnerability of victims - determined by age rather than by species - would be the most important factor in the levels of distress and concern of the participants .

According to the researchers, the inspiration for the research came after a real case that happened in the American state of Arizona in 2014. A four-year-old boy was violently attacked by a large dog, and had to undergo several reconstructive facial surgeries. So a campaign was created to help you and has reached only 500 followers on Facebook. At the same time, a page created by activists to prevent the dog responsible for the attack was sacrificed and got 40,000 followers in just over a week.

With this conclusion, the researchers revealed that this will serve as support for campaigning of more effective maltreatment prevention, such as using puppies' images instead of aggression scenes. "By emphasizing vulnerability, instead of focusing on exposure to violence and aggression, innovative programs can revolutionize the prevention of animal abuse cases," they commented.


Balance in the elderly can be hampered by chronic diseases or even some medicines

Balance in the elderly can be hampered by chronic diseases or even some medicines

The aging process causes changes and functional and structural changes in the human body. There are several structures and systems responsible for body balance, each of which undergoes gradual (natural) physiological changes throughout life, which may be aggravated by associated diseases. The main systems involved are visual, vestibular and musculoskeletal.

(Well-being)

Spending a lot of time sitting can increase chances of Alzheimer's, says study

Spending a lot of time sitting can increase chances of Alzheimer's, says study

When we are at work, or at home, we may not we realize that we are spending a lot of time sitting. Feeding this sedentary habit is detrimental to our physical health as it affects our posture and makes us less willing on a daily basis. And now, a new study by the University of California, shows that such behavior leads to heart, metabolic and mental disorders.

(Well-being)