“Bates de Science” is like a collection of stories. Beautiful stories that tell of living in all its freshness. But also in all its complexity. A parenthesis to marvel at the treasures of the world. For this new episode let’s step into the world of emotions. To try to better understand what animals feel. Hearing his heartbeat!
have you ever been home and foundBiscuit scattered on the ground cracked? The packet of biscuits you casually left was lying around the table. and, next to the raised cookie packet, a Ears low, and the tail between the legs? In general, your partner knows they did something wrong. He feels guilty. error, researchers say. In such a situation, your dog will most likely feel – Especially if you are close to each other. But it certainly isn’t because he is aware of his folly. Simply because he reacts this way to your own irritation.
The question of the delicate distinction between feeling and feeling. For experts, an emotion becomes an emotion when the person feeling it is able to identify its causes and effects. This very precise point remains a matter of debate. However, after more than 40 years of intense debate, ethicists today seem to agree that animals can, a minima,. The European Union also recognizes animals as “sensory creatures” since 2008. For France, it was not until 2015.
love, sadness, feltWhen they lose a cub, the anger, joy your dog expresses when you come to his house after a day’s work, and fear are all emotions our animal friends can feel. The trouble for us humans living next to them is that they cannot express these feelings in words. Result: We Hurt Them Regularly .
Yet learning to read the emotions of our animals can be very important. Understanding what causes them stress or what makes them sad can help us improve their well-being, whether at the zoo or on farms or in our homes.
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To see more clearly,Decided not to open their hearts, but to lean towards animals. In a slightly less poetic way, he measured in different situations. And here’s what he learned.
WhenFighting, his heart rate increases from 84 beats per minute to about 157. Same observation when they only see fighting between congeners. Clear signs of intense emotional arousal. The heartbeat increases when one of the geese involved in the fight is related to the seer. And even more so when his chances of winning are low. Researchers talk about . When one person is affected by the feelings of another. An infection that can be seen in dogs on another level. Able to synchronize his heart rate – his emotions – with that of an individual of another species. On his human, of course.
A rate of heart rateOn the other hand, simply showing him pictures of aggressive or friendly chimpanzees may differ. Do not assume that he is able to recognize the feelings of his peers. For others – goats or horses, for example – it is engagement in a Which makes his heart beat.
Heart rate measurements also made it possible to read some of the animals’ hidden emotions. their’s, emphasized by the presence of , but for example, those who never let it appear.
They also showed that dogs scared of fireworks were reassured by the presence of their human, that cats could feel stressed by certain types of petting, or that abandoned dogs were calmed when music was played. Many ways to improve our well-being. And so much proof that listening to their hearts – our hearts – is not so stupid!
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