Goats prefer happy human faces to sad ones-Study

Goats can easily distinguish a happy person from a sad or angry person and are more comfortable with the former, a recent study has revealed.

The new study shows that goats prefer a happy human face instead of an angry one, suggesting that such socio-cognitive ability is more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously assumed.

According to a report published in the Open Science journal, the study, conducted by scientists from the British Royal Society to ascertain goats’ ability to understand human social cues, used 35 goats for the study.

The researchers showed the goats a pair of photos of the same person, one of them looking happy, and the other angry.


[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]The new study is the first to indicate that farm animals such as goats, which have not been bred specifically to interact with humans, can also understand human expressions.[/penci_blockquote]

The goats overall showed a strong preference for the positive face, wanting to interact with the happy face photo first and tending to spend more time with it, compared to the angry face photo.

The authors concluded that “goats can distinguish between happy and angry images of the same person, indicating that they can visually differentiate human faces conveying different emotional valences.”

Scientists have already known that dogs and horses can perceive human facial communication cues and believe the reason is that both animals were domesticated specifically as companion animals.


[penci_related_posts taxonomies=”undefined” title=”Online Related Posts” background=”” border=”” thumbright=”no” number=”4″ style=”grid” align=”none” displayby=”recent_posts” orderby=”random”]

The new study is the first to indicate that farm animals such as goats, which have not been bred specifically to interact with humans, can also understand human expressions.

The result could have implications for animal welfare because many livestock animals are probably more sentient and smarter than previously thought.

Comment With Facebook

Comments (16)

  1. Hello there! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  2. Rudy Gestede claimed he was not in the right frame of mind as he pulled out of Blackburn’s game with Wigan Athletic on Saturday in a bid to push through a move to Premier League side Crystal Palace. Rudy Gestede claims he was not in right frame of mind for Wigan game as Blackburn striker tries to push move to Crystal Palace

  3. I just want to tell you that I’m newbie to blogging and really liked this web site. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your site . You really have amazing articles. Kudos for sharing with us your webpage.

  4. whoah this blog is magnificent i love reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You know, a lot of people are hunting around for this info, you could help them greatly.

  5. Most significant masculine messages will need to seat and offer honour around the special couple. Beginer audio systems face-to-face with loud throngs of people should always be mindful of my essential rule among bodybuilders including formal presentations, which is own interests self. best man speeches brother

  6. obviously like your web-site but you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very troublesome to inform the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come again again.

  7. very nice post, i surely really like this amazing site, persist with it

  8. Hey! I simply want to give a huge thumbs up for the great information you’ve got here on this post. I might be coming again to your blog for more soon.

  9. Good website! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a great day!

  10. I’ll immediately grab your rss as I can’t find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  11. I was looking for this information for quite some time now. Thankyou

    You can check my site also here:

    hosting ieftin

  12. This is really credible facts my friend. you are a very good writer . i lust after to dividend with you my website as well. command me what do you believe about it

  13. really nice

    This is really good information my friend. you are a dialect right well-proportioned scribbler . i lust after to dividend with you my website as well. proclaim me what do you contemplate about it

    buy youtube views

    Thankyou again for posting such good content. Cheers

  14. Great blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get comments from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

Comment here