Science Says You Should Pay Attention If Your Dog Dislikes Someone.
Man Behind The Experiment
James Anderson worked in the division of behavioral studies and was responsible for spearheading the project at Kyoto University. He originally tried this experiment with human babies because he wanted to determine what age people started passing judgment. Anderson learned that children who were only a year old had the ability to judge. So, he decided to study the behavior in animals, and he discovered something jaw dropping.
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After experimenting on humans, Anderson decided to try his experiment on a bunch of capuchin monkeys. He came up with a way to see if a monkey could learn to trust a human simply by observing them. Once he was pleased with the results of the experiments, he started to experiment with dogs. He believed this would allow him to broaden his understanding of judgment in different species. But this proved difficult.
Scientists were skeptical when Anderson pitched his idea because they didn’t believe that there was a way to compare the behavior of a monkey and a dog. But Anderson pushed forward because he believed in the experiment. However, his fellow scientists jeered him for his efforts. So, Anderson had to find a different approach to achieve his goal. Everyone understood that monkeys were a lot smarter than dogs. But did they really accept this?
Dogs And Toddlers
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Anderson found a study conducted at the University of Arizona between monkeys and dogs. Monkeys had been paired with two-year-old humans to determine the similarities in their responses to commands. Dogs were also used for this experiment and the outcome left the scientists in a state of shock. The results suggested that dogs had done a lot better than chimpanzees. The scientists concluded that human toddlers and dogs had a lot more in common. So, using this knowledge, Anderson decided to proceed with his own experiment without any obstacles.
He Changed Nothing
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Anderson was so excited with the results. He was convinced that the experiment would work with dogs. So, he gathered a team of researchers and they worked together to create an experiment that was nearly identical to the test conducted on the capuchin monkeys. Then, Anderson wondered, why change the experiment? Instead, he used the same experiment he conducted earlier and it was a good thing that he did.
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