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SCIENTIST TRIED TO DETERMINE IF DOGS GET JEALOUS OVER ATTENTION

 
SCIENTIST TRIED TO DETERMINE IF DOGS GET JEALOUS OVER ATTENTION
Posted August 17th, 2014 @ 3:19pm

SCIENTIST TRIED TO DETERMINE IF DOGS GET JEALOUS OVER ATTENTION

A professor of psychology at the University of California (San Diego) tackled one of the great scientific mysteries of our day… whether or not dogs get jealous over attention. No joke. Emotion researcher Christine Harris applied the full force of her highly educated brain on an experiment that involved dog owners ignoring their pets while petting and talking sweetly to stuffed animals and jack-o-lantern pails.

The results of the nine-month study were, unfortunately, inclusive. It’s possible that dogs get jealous, but it’s a basic form of jealousy. It seems the dogs weren’t too worried about the jack-o-lanterns. On the other hand, they saw the stuffed animals as rivals. (Columbian)

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