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People Who Talk To Their Pets Are Very Special, According To A Study

Pets, such as dogs and cats, are a source of happiness and joy for their owners. Much more, they allow them to live longer, to be less anxious and to feel loved. Moreover, many owners speak with their pets and it seems that this is a proof of intelligence. Explanations.

"I missed you in my absence? What do you think of a walk? »,« You are the most beautiful »... If these phrases seem familiar to you because you often tell them to your dog, do not worry, you are not the only person in the world with this habit. It is an anthropomorphism, a tendency to give animals, objects and things certain human peculiarities. Besides, it would seem that if you do that, you are super smart.

Indeed, according to Nicholas Epley, professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Chicago, talking to one's pet is a sign of intelligence, just as talking to inanimate objects, cars or even to plants.

The human mind is constantly looking for communication, so it insists on making connections with its environment, even knowing that it may not have an answer. It's a way to get allies and generally it's a survival instinct developed.


Moreover, according to Professor Epley, talking to animals, or naming objects like a car or a plant, means that you have a greater ability to adapt to your environment and therefore greater intelligence than others.

People Who Talk To Their Pets Are Very Special, According To A Study

Pets are understanding us

Note that dogs and cats have also evolved to understand us. Dogs are able to recognize a number of words, identify our actions and the tone with which we say things. Cats, meanwhile, recognize the voice of their owner and orders, without necessarily distinguishing and clearly words.

According to a study published in the journal Sciences and conducted by researchers at the Lorand Eötvös University (Budapest, Hungary), dogs have the ability to understand words, regardless of intonation, thanks to the activity of a part of their brain, dedicated to hearing. In addition, researchers have found that there is increased activity in primary reward-related brain areas when lexical and intonational information is consistent. Therefore, dogs make a link between particular intonations (aggressive or soft) and the words used. This allows them to know if they will be rewarded or not. On the other hand, a study from the University of Sussex, in the UK, affirmed that they also recognize the speaker's focus. The brains of dogs have areas similar to those of people and are therefore sensitive to voices and sounds. They can interpret the information in the same way as we do using the same mechanisms.

Moreover, in the behavioral domain, domestic animals also have the capacity to feel our sadness, depression or exaltation and that is why their company and their affection have therapeutic virtues. Moreover, it is possible to get help and care through pet therapy, a therapy that highlights the benefits of animals on humans.
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