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Dogs And Monkeys Judge You On How You Treat Others

Not long ago, we reported on a study that suggested babies as young as 6 months old have an innate sense of morality. Now, another study has looked into whether that applies to animals, such as dogs and monkeys. It turns out yes, both judge humans on how they treat other people, and both prefer us when we are nice, helpful, and fair.

Both animals displayed a preference for helpfulness in humans, and though the monkeys appeared to show a preference for fairer people, your dog is definitely still judging you.

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The researchers from Kyoto University, Japan, suggest in their paper published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews that these types of judgment of behaviors could help us understand the origins of human morality.

The team carried out a series of experiments where humans acted out various behavioral scenarios and made the animals watch, to test how the animals reacted to human interactions. In one of the scenarios, an actor struggled to open a can and asked for help from a second person, who either helped or refused. Sometimes a third person passively watched, but did not get involved.

Afterward, the researchers got all three actors to offer treats to the animals who had been watching, and they reported that after all the experimental scenarios, all of the animals showed a clear disinclination to accept a treat from the person who refused to help, compared to those who were helpful and even the passive players.

According to lead author James Anderson, the tests showed that both monkeys and dogs make social judgments in a similar way to human children, primitive instinctive evaluations that may be the root to understanding our own sense of morality.

“If somebody is behaving antisocially, they probably end up with some sort of emotional reaction to it,” he told New Scientist. “In humans, there may be this basic sensitivity towards antisocial behavior in others. Then through growing up, inculturation and teaching, it develops into a full-blown sense of morality.”

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September 6, 2016 · 8:57 pm

Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues!

Cute dogs to start off the week…

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Cute Dog Pictures for Your Monday Blues!

Enjoy the cute dogs to start your week!

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues – Returns!

After posting thousands of dog pictures I literally ran out.  After some homework, here are some fresh dog pictures to cheer up your Monday!

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Rare Pink Dolphin Might Be Pregnant

Pinky the pink dolphin
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Pregnancy rumors are swirling around one of the world’s few pink bottlenose dolphins.

Affectionately named Pinky, the blush-colored creature was first spotted in 2007 in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Lake by charter boat captain Erik Rue.

“It was absolutely, stunningly pink,” Rue said in a 2009 interview. “I had never seen anything like it. It’s the same color throughout the whole body. It looks like it just came out of a paint booth.”

In the eight years that have since passed, Pinky has been spotted on multiple occasions,according to WGNO. It was only recently, however, that Rue said he witnessed Pinky engaging in mating behavior:

It’s unclear exactly why Pinky is so brilliantly pink. Many believe that the dolphin is an albino, only 14 of which have been reported worldwide, according to the Washington Examiner. Some conflicting reports, however, suggest that she suffers from a genetic disorder.

Two other dolphin species — the Chinese white dolphin (Sousa chinensis) and the Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) — are colloquially known as pink dolphins, although neither species is quite as stunningly pink-hued as Pinky.

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Cute Dogs for Your Monday Blues

Cute dogs to start off the week right…

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