Dec 032014
 
Know About Some Animals With a Moral Compass

In the 16th century, philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes said animals were just automata: red-blooded machines without thoughts or wishes. Since then, animal-behavior scientists have realized that our furry brethren have rich emotional lives and even a rudimentary sense of right and wrong. From elaborate elephant funeral rituals to the moral outrage of cuckolded bluebirds, here are some surprising ways that animals exhibit the very human emotions we associate with morality. Elephants Remember Elephants have some of the most elaborate group rituals of any animals. […]

Your typing style can reveal your emotions: Study

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Oct 132014
 
Your typing style can reveal your emotions: Study

While computers outperform humans in most mathematical tasks and can do complex calculations that people never could, there’s one area where machines haven’t quite achieved humanlike smarts: emotional intelligence. But now, a new computer program can recognize people’s emotions based on how they type, paving the way for computers that could one day be smarter than humans — a concept called “the singularity.” In a new study, researchers asked a small group of people to type a block of sample text, and then analyzed the […]

Emotions can spread via Facebook: Study

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Mar 212014
 
Emotions can spread via Facebook: Study

Feeling down? Happy? Angry? No matter how you’re feeling, you can now blame it on your friends’ most recent Facebook posts. Emotions can spread via Facebook, according to a new study that finds that positive posts beget positive posts. Negative emotions spread, too, but happiness and cheer seem more likely to go viral. A new study published on March 12 in the journal PLOS ONE discovered that emotions can spread via Facebook. While positive Facebook posts tend to generate other positive posts, negative posts tend […]

Humans interpret the emotions of dogs from vocalizations: New Study

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Jan 142014
 
Humans interpret the emotions of dogs from vocalizations: New Study

Most dog owners can sense the difference between Fido’s yip of joy and howl of discontent. Now, scientists find people use the same general rules to recognize doggy emotions as they do for fellow humans. According to the study, People linked positive or negative emotions with the length of a vocalization, and the emotional intensity with a sound’s pitch. Emotions reflect a person’s mental state, and the evolutionary roots of emotions go way back. Emotional vocalizations are quite similar across different species, and may carry […]