In a recent study, researchers at the University of Guelph chose to look at how well people were able to read the expressions on cat faces. "Our finding that some people are outstanding at reading these subtle clues suggests it's a skill more people can be trained to do", said study lead Lee Niel, a behavioral biologist at the university. The pool of 40 videos the study used showed close-up face shots of cats that were in either a positive or negative emotional state.
Most people have a hard time picking up on the emotions hidden in a cat's facial expression.
The use of YouTube videos "ensures cats were behaving in cat-typical ways and gives the conclusions a sense of reality, since these are situations and expressions people may typically encounter with cats", said Kristyn R. Vitale, who researches cat behavior and cognition but was not involved in the study. Georgia Mason, both from U of G's Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. Don't fret. Most people aren't.
Overall, women and people with veterinary experience were better than average at recognizing a cat's expression, even those that said they don't feel a strong attachment to cats.
Vitale, who said she takes facial expressions into account "all the time" when interacting with cats at her Oregon State University lab, got a ideal score on a shortened online version of the new study's survey.
Former Notre Dame RB George Atkinson, 27, passes away
Atkinson III rushed for almost 1,000 yards and had 10 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons with the Fighting Irish. He was also institutionalized for self-harm. "That's the moment I can't describe", he wrote of losing his brother.
Dr Mason and her team created a survey where participants watch short close up videos of cat faces taken from various positive and negative situations but only showing the face and not the circumstances. The average score was 12 out of 20 correct answers, which is just about as accurate as a coinflip.
But 13% of the participants performed very well, correctly scoring 15 or better - a group the researchers informally called 'the cat whisperers'. But the most skilled diviners of feline feelings were people with professional experience involving cats, including veterinarians. Younger adults also generally scored better than older adults.
"The fact that women generally scored better than men is consistent with previous research that has shown that women appear to be better at decoding non-verbal displays of emotion, both in humans and dogs", said Prof.
Surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly, being a cat lover made no difference at all. In this case the cat was feeling negative as a screen door had frustrated its attempts to come indoors.
"This is important to be able to do because it could help strengthen the bond between owners and cats, and so improve cat care and welfare", said Niel.
What Jack would want from this is for all of us to walk through the door he has booted down, in his black Doc Martens". Three other people were also injured in the rampage before Khan was wrestled to the ground by onlookers, police said.
They'll lose Bryan Edwards , one of the best receivers in school history, so getting Smith back will be a big boost. Not only is the rivalry on the line for Clemson football, but so are the Tigers' CFB Playoff hopes.
Or " pour les nombreux juifs se considérant antisionistes, cet amalgame est profondément injurieux", affirme le collectif. L'élu de Paris définit l'antisionisme comme le fait de "nier le droit d'exister d'Israël".
En effet, ce soir-là le buteur de Chelsea avait promis à l'un de ses amis de faire une photo avec son fils après la rencontre. Lionel Messi est-il assuré de s'offrir le 6e Ballon d'or de sa carrière? Son dernier Ballon d'Or remontait à 2015.
Les deux cofondateurs de Google, Larry Page, directeur général d'Alphabet, et Sergey Brin, président, cèdent donc leur place, tout en assurant de leur implication comme administrateurs et actionnaires.
Of course, just because the Eagles are bad doesn't mean Dallas should feel good about how they've performed as of late. Even running back Ezekiel Elliott is fifth in rushing with 909 yards this season, averaging an eighth-best 82.5 YDS/G.
Gedeon suffered his second concussion of the year - his third in two seasons - in the November 17 win against the Broncos. The Seahawks remain a thorn in Mike Zimmer's side as the only NFC team he has failed to beat as Vikings coach.
In an interview released Monday, he said in a democracy people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying. However, he confirmed that as of now, he doesn't have any plans to take down political ads or review his policy.
There's no coach in the National Football League who's more familiar with the hot seat than Jason Garrett . He just isn't ready to say yet whether it will be in Dallas. "But there are qualified people".
Federal Bureau of Investigation issues warning about smart TVs
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Porsha Williams says she’s ‘re-engaged’ to Dennis McKinley
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Panthers Fire Head Coach Ron Rivera
The Carolina Panthers announced on Tuesday that they have chosen to part ways with head coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons. Others were surprised, saying Rivera had been dealt a tough hand with star quarterback Cam Newton on the injured list.