The science of puppy dog eyes: Dogs’ facial expressions depend on human attention

Everyone with a functioning brain cell or two who has been around dogs knows that these lovable creatures are constantly trying to communicate with us.

Now we can cite scientific evidence to support what we knew.

Excerpt from Nature

Every dog owner is familiar with the ‘puppy dog eyes’ expression. As the inner brow lifts, the eyes get bigger and bigger … It’s tempting to interpret this as a plea from a sad dog for a scrap of the family dinner. Now, a small study provides support for the idea that dogs do indeed produce facial expressions to communicate with people — although perhaps just to engage us, rather than to manipulate us.

The dogs in the study produced more than twice as many facial expressions (‘puppy dog eyes’ was one of the most common) when a researcher was facing them than when she was turned away. But it didn’t seem to matter whether she also held food. Earlier studies have shown that seeing food is more exciting to a dog than is social contact with a silent person, so something other than the dogs’ emotional state must have been responsible for the effect.

“Dogs make their eyes more attractive to us while we are watching, not just when we are in the vicinity or in response to food,” says Brian Hare, a cognitive neuroscientist and co-director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “This is fantastic work.”

The study, published on 19 October in Scientific Reports1, adds to a growing body of work that shows how sensitive dogs are to human attention. It also provides the first evidence in a non-primate species that facial expressions can be used actively to communicate, says psychologist Juliane Kaminski at the Dog Cognition Centre at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. Researchers had previously assumed that such expressions are an involuntary reflection of an animal’s emotional state.

The rest of the article goes on to explain how the study was conducted.

Dogs are trying. Now, if only science could teach humans how to understand all the things that our dogs are saying to us.

Peak Disinformation: Professors Suggest the VIKINGS Were MUSLIMS

ARABIC CHARACTERS?

If a thousand years from now the German people buried in the local cemetery where I live are found to be wearing Chinese shoes, then they will be called Chinamen by some archaeologist. If one of them is found buried with a German souvenir he brought back from Europe after World War II, then the locals here were Nazis.

The possibilities for propaganda are endless.

Today, the propaganda runs to the message that if you live in Scandinavia your ancestors worshiped Allah. You can’t logically resist the invasion of your lands by Middle Easterners today because they’ve always been there. Which is possible. The Vikings could have had an Arabic slave or two, I suppose.

The ancient history of Europe is fascinating, but new interpretations of it that just happen to fit the globalist agenda should not be accepted as truth. The Vikings were not Muslims nor were they Middle Easterners.

metro.co.uk

Fascinating new research has suggested Vikings could have been Muslim after archaeologists found the word ‘Allah’ woven into their burial clothes.

An investigation into funeral clothes which dates back to the ninth and 10th centuries have shed some new light on the relationship between the two worlds.

Experts found that patterns woven into garments excavated in Sweden spell the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’, with the discovery raising questions about the influence of Islam on Scandinavia. Textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University told the BBC the material came from central Asia, Persia and China. She said tiny geometric designs on the clothes were not Scandinavian patterns at all but instead ancient Arabic Kufic script.

THE WORD ALLAH IS CLAIMED TO BE SEEN HERE.

She said: ‘The possibility that some of those in the graves were Muslim cannot be completely ruled out. ‘We know from other Viking tomb excavations that some of the people buried in them originated from places like Persia, where Islam was very dominant.

‘However, it is more likely these findings show that Viking age burial customs were influenced by Islamic ideas such as eternal life in paradise after death.’ It is the first time items mentioning Ali have been found in Scandinavia, and a team are now hoping to establish where the bodies came from. Larsson is convinced more Islamic inscriptions can be found in other Viking era discoveries. Amir De Martino, programme leader of Islamic studies at the Islamic College in London, suggests the patterns are not from either mainstream Shia culture or any fringe movements but instead a wrongly copied pattern.

The BBC covers this story in-depth. The Daily Mail also has a long article on this research, complete with more pictures and a comments section that offers skeptical opinions.

These wild, free and totally adorable sand kittens are finally spotted in nature

SIX TO EIGHT WEEK OLD SAND KITTENS.

Look at what somebody found in the Sahara desert.

Sacramento Bee

Sand cats seem bred for social media fame.

The fluffy-eared, big-eyed felines are adorable, and they don’t seem to age. They are forever kittens.

And while photos of the wild cats have been widely shared online, the cats have been surprisingly hard to find in the wild.

Until now.

Add to that, sand cats tend to live in tough wilderness, places where researchers must endure high temperatures and the occasional sandstorm.

Because the animal is so hard to track, assessing populations has been difficult, according to Mother Nature Network. The species is believed to be extinct in Israel, for example, though a litter was born at the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv in 2012.

Read comments at Free Republic

White Males Sweep 9 of 9 Hard Science Nobel Prizes

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE FOR ENHANCED READABILITY.

And liberals are screaming racism and sexism!

Read Steve Sailer’s coverage at Unz.

Interestingly, I believe (without researching the winners) that several of them are actually Jews, who are a mixed race people, not European in origin.

Proof That Dogs Love Their Humans

ME WUV YU. GIBS ME KISS, HOOMIN.

This research into the mind of a dog is common-sensical and easy to understand. It confirms what every dog person already knows.

USA Today

They’re called “man’s best friend” for a reason.

It turns out dogs genuinely love their owners, not just because they’re holding their favorite treat or chew toy.

The studies are detailed in the book What It’s Like To Be a Dog by neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns of Emory University in Atlanta.

In an interview with The New York Times, Berns breaks down an experiment where dogs were given hot dogs in some situations and praise in others.

Berns found when researchers looked at the rewards centers of dogs’ brains, they responded equally to food and praise.

“About 20 percent had stronger responses to praise than to food,” Berns told the Times. “From that, we conclude that the vast majority of dogs love us at least as much as food.”

Berns’ research also uncovered dogs are wired to process human faces, not just learning to process faces because they’re around humans.

So, yes, when our dogs bounce off the walls upon your return home, it’s not just because they really need to go to the bathroom.

There’s a little short-legged young dog here in the apartment complex that recognizes me instantly and goes happy-wild on his leash to get to me. The owner indulges me, letting me talk to and pet the little fellow who’s crazy excited.

That little guy is a lover. Some of other dogs here are less affectionate, but still quite entranced with me, having seen me before and recognizing me each time we meet again.

There’s probably a few dogs out there who aren’t lovers, but I’ve never met one.

Anti-White, Anti-Male, Sh*tskin Loving Google Promotes Obscure Asian Indian Woman in Latest Doodle

PROFESSOR ASIMA CHATERJEE.

It appears that in the selection process for Google Doodles that white males and Christians are blacklisted.

Google Doodle landing page

She made significant contributions in the field of medicinal chemistry with special reference to alkaloids, coumarins and terpenoids, analytical chemistry, and mechanistic organic chemistry. She published around 400 papers in national and international journals and more than a score of review articles in reputed serial volumes. Her publications have been extensively cited and much of her work has been included in several textbooks.

Publishing a science paper in an Indian journal is no great feat. Neither is it any great accomplishment to have your work cited in other papers. Often, there are hundreds of citations in a paper that the professor has never read.

Has anyone read this woman’s work? If she’s so great, why haven’t we heard of her before.

The liberal press is having an orgasm with this choice. Obviously, the U.S. must open its borders to any Hindu wanting to come here since these people are geniuses.

WELCOME TO INDIA.

Beautiful Family Fights to Keep Alive Toddler Who Went 80 Minutes without Heartbeat in Drowning Incident

THE MATHERN FAMILY CHILDREN BEFORE BABY ADAM’S TRAGIC ACCIDENT.

Warning: This story may make you cry and draw you closer to God.

This is my feel good story of the day.

NOLA

On June 5, every parent’s nightmare became a reality for Lafitte natives Ricky and Shannon Matherne. Their 14-month-old son Adam, slipped out of their home unnoticed as the family was getting ready to leave for their daughter’s softball game. They found him lifeless in the family pool three minutes later.

CPR was performed until EMS arrived and transported him to the local hospital where he was revived. He went 80 minutes without issuing a heartbeat on his own. It was after being baptized in the emergency room that Adam’s heart once again began to beat, his parents said.

This was a child the couple never imagined having. Here is the backstory.

Ricky and Shannon grew up together in Lafitte and were high school sweethearts. In fact, his mother attended her mother’s baby shower when she was expecting Shannon, and he was best friends with her brother Jay.

“Shannon stopped being ‘Jay’s little sister’ around 1991. I graduated from Fisher in 1992 and attended LSU the following fall. Shannon graduated in 1994 and joined me there,” Ricky said.

The two were married in Lafitte in December of 1995 and already knew they wanted a family.

“We tried for some time before Rickey III was conceived,” Ricky said, but despite warning about complications, Grace was on her way not long after, and finally Avery, a happy surprise, was born 14 and half months later. At that point, the Mathernes decided their family was complete.

Until Katrina, the couple maintained a home in Lafitte despite their work as certified professional landmen, which took them all over the country. After Katrina, they moved to Slidell, and then to Pennsylvania in 2009 where their family grew again.

“When Avery turned 10, I began to panic about how quickly they were growing up and I knew I wanted to have another baby,” Ricky said.

He jokingly brought the idea up to his wife, and was surprised when she gave it serious consideration.

The two ultimately decided to leave it in God’s hands, and only a month later they were expecting their youngest daughter, Lea.

“She was such a joy,” Ricky said, and while they worried about her not having a sibling close to her own age, they decided that would be it for them.

Fate had other plans however, and nine months after a tumultuous weekend away in New York where nothing went as planned, they welcomed Adam John into their family.

MOM SHANNON AND HER BOY ADAM AFTER HE “DROWNED.”

ADAM BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

“Adam brought out the best in us all. His personality is infectious. He is the most lovable, happy, and adventurous baby. Watching the relationship develop between AJ and Lea has been one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed and it moves me every time I think about it. Our lives weren’t perfect, but our family was,” Ricky said.

He particularly cherishes the daily routine with AJ.

“I would come home from work, and after dinner it was his bath time – his favorite part of the day. I would tickle his belly with my beard while he shrieked with laughter. As soon as I stopped he would uncover his belly and wait until I did it again,” Ricky said.

June 5 threatened to take Adam’s laughter away for good.

AJ’s accident has left their family devastated, but with hope as well. After being rushed to the hospital in Altoona, AJ was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for five weeks, and then went The Children’s Home to begin rehabilitation for the brain injury caused by oxygen deficit.

Eventually the family came full circle, bringing AJ home to Louisiana and Dr. Paul Harch in Marrero, who specializes in hyperbaric oxygen treatments. The treatments are not covered by insurance, but they are accomplishing what the Mathernes were told would never happen.

“On June 5th, our son (clinically) died in my wife’s arms and was dead for 80 minutes before a dedicated team of doctors and God’s mercy brought him back to us,” Ricky said, “We were asked to consider his quality of life. We were told that AJ can’t see, hear, swallow, or recognize us, and that he would never breathe on his own or move meaningfully.”

DAD RICKEY TENDS TO ADAM.

The Mathernes felt differently — literally.

“That was the day he first squeezed our fingers and we choose to give him the time to heal,” he said. “Since then, AJ’s life has been a series of small miracles. He continues to make small steps forward and is currently breathing on his own, focusing with his eyes, moving his body, responding to voices and other stimuli, and most heartwarming, smiling from time to time.”

The fight continues.

Family members set up a GoFundMe account and have held several fundraisers to help Ricky and Shannon pay for the expensive treatments. They call their efforts “Adam’s Hope,” and their motto is ‘With every breath, we hope.” Another event is planned for Sept. 30 at the Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion at the foot of the bridge in Lafitte. There will be music, food and beer, raffles, prizes, a silent auction, and games.

Ricky said the response has been overwhelming for them and that AJ would never be where he is now without it. They are hopeful that they may be able to purchase a hyperbaric chamber, so that AJ’s progress can continue in their own home.

So far, AJ has completed 15 of 40 planned treatments.

Hope reigns.

“He is our baby. He gets agitated, angry, sad, but he calms when we hold him. We believe that he can experience love and joys and thus lead a meaningful life,” Ricky said. “We will pursue any treatments available that can improve his quality of life.”

To learn more about “Adam’s Hope”, go to: https://goo.gl/nfPmWz.