Scientists have proven that a dog can love a person, but not love his face. Researchers have denied the ability of dogs to focus on human faces – their attention is much more attracted by the muzzles of other dogs, writes the Journal of Neuroscience.
Experts performed a test using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which involved 30 people and 20 dogs. All of them were shown in turn the faces and backs of human heads, as well as the muzzles and backs of the dogs. It turned out that people have a certain part of the brain that “lights up” when they read another face. Dogs do not have such an area in the brain.
At the same time, both dogs and humans have a part of the brain that reacts to the appearance of a representative of the same biological species in the field of view.
Study co-author Attila Andix, an animal behavior researcher at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, explained that dogs can read human emotions reflected on the face. However, gestures and voice signals are much more important to them.