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.
If you already was called lazy to postpone the alarm clock several times in the morning, it's time to turn the tables. According to a study by psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa and Kaja Perina of the Department of Psychology at College London University in England, this habit is actually a sign of intelligence and creativity.
Gradual stop is a strategy to stop smoking, in which the smoker gradually. As in the abrupt stop, the person can mark a "D-day", in which she will stop smoking. However, until that date, it will gradually reduce the number of cigarettes until it reaches the marked day without smoking at all. The gradual stop requires planning, after all, what experts say is that it lasts a maximum of two weeks.
- New cancer treatment may replace chemotherapy
- Financial instability can generate physical pain, study says p>
Financial instability can generate physical pain, according to study. Understand the mechanisms that lead to financial insecurity to generate physical pain.
- Aesthetic treatments can be allied to plastic surgeries on the face
- Actor Nelson Xavier dies at age 75 in Uberlândia
- Yellow fever virus is found in another species of Aedes