‘Like a cat who gets the cream’: Animals feel a lot like humans – they show a positive mood with pessimism when they ‘win’ and ‘lose’, claims study
- Animal behavior experts have not considered the role of emotion traditional
- Although humans can report their feelings, animal sensations are enchanting
- Researchers in Belfast have reviewed studies on animal competition for resources
- They found that the winners behaved more confidently after the victory as opposed to the defeat
- This proves that emotions can help guide the behavior of different animals
Animals show a positive mood when they ‘win’ and ‘despair’ when frustrated – suggesting that they feel the same emotions as us, a study has claimed.
In a review study, experts in Belfast used the example of animal competition – for limited resources or peers – to argue that emotion affects animal behavior.
Scientists studying animal behavior have not traditionally considered the role of emotion – which is difficult to measure accurately in any animal.
The team concludes, however, that animals behave differently after the results of a competition – with those who lose, for example, developing a negative emotional state.
As a result, it assesses their chances of winning future battles more frustratingly – and may discourage their opponents from getting involved.
On the other hand, winners develop a positive mood that has the opposite effect.
Emotions can guide the animal’s unforgettable actions in other contexts, from worldly choices and parental care signals to emotions.
Given this, the studies may have implications for animal welfare and how it can be improved, the researchers noted.
Animals show a positive mood when they ‘win’ and ‘disappoint’ when frustrated – suggesting that they feel the same emotions as us, a study claims. Illustrated, a content cat
‘Human emotions affect related knowledge and behavior. For example, people rate their overall life satisfaction on a sunny day rather than on a rainy day, ‘said Andrew Cramp, a paper writer and animal writer and animal behaviorist at Queen University Belfast.
The team argued that similar phenomena are found in animals.
‘We have seen that animal emotions also affect unrelated knowledge and behavior. For example, the animals that won the competition felt more positive and expected fewer predators in their environment. “
‘Similarly, animals that lost a competition experienced negative emotions and participated in less competition in the future. The effects of this carrier can lead to harmful behavior. ‘
‘The stimuli or events that elicit sensitive responses can affect virtually any decision – possibly with life-and-death consequences,” Dr. Krump continued.
‘For example, rustling leaves a predator or wind? Anxious animals will probably interpret the algae as predators and run away. “
‘This mood is adapted when the concern is relevant, e.g., if it is induced by previous experience of predatory attacks.’
‘But the reason for the bad mood is if it is motivated by something else – say, lose a competition,’ he added.
‘In this situation, when the sensitive basis of the decision is not related to the decision, we predict a loss decision.’
In a review study, experts in Belfast used the example of animal competition – for limited resources or peers – arguing that emotion affects animal behavior. Illustrated, two male Fidler crab fights. According to a new survey, winners will develop a better mood and have a higher chance of success in future competitions.
‘Animal behavior researchers don’t usually consider animal emotions in their work,’ said Gareth Arnott, a paper writer and animal behavior specialist at Queen’s University Belfast.
‘The results of this study show that it needs to be considered as the role of animals in understanding subsequent behavior.’
‘Understanding these emotions also has practical benefits for the future of animal welfare. For good, animals need to have some negative emotions and plenty of opportunities for positive experiences. “
“Understanding the emotions of animals and why they evolved will help us to measure and improve the emotional state and well-being of animals.”
Complete data from the study were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B Journal.