The world is reporting today about a cognitive study describing what humans can learn through the sounds a dog makes. Apparently, when dogs bark they communicate much more than originally thought.
The Independent, a British newspaper, reports that when dogs bark they actually give away information such as their age, and gender while communicating through the sounds they make. According to the article, scientists who study animal cognition have created robots that listen to the dogs’ barks and relay much more information to scientists that include unexpected data.
These robots may be able to help determine illnesses and other issues to veterinary doctors through simply sound. As seen in past articles, the research into dog cognition has been ruffly, amazing, as humans learn more and more about the connection between pups and their owners. A bow wow, covers so much information, that dogs can probably tell humans much more than ever thought possible.
The article mentions that 800 barks were studied, revealing gender details, the age of the pup, and the context within which the bark was sounded. The information is shared through algorithms and input data and provides answers through the robots and computers. The researchers from Madrid and Budapest share that this information could help humans understand exactly what their dog is saying, as the future brings the concept of “Social Robots.”
Social robots, as studied at Yale University, among others, have been studied for years, and have been seen in science fiction for decades. R2D2 from the Star Wars Trilogies may be closer that ever in human interaction, and are now being used to study the connection humans have with their pets. So far, these robots have been studied in education, psychology, and even as household helpers, all with the future purpose of helping humans be more social. They can help with kids and social anxiety, as the Yale Social Robotics Lab has collaborated with the Yale Child Study Center.
Much of the interaction between children and robots to help with cognitive difficulties, social anxiety, and more. It is easy to imagine that these robots will be able to not only help humans to be more social with their dogs, but understand them better as well. Albeit, it has already been shown that dog cognition is becoming increasingly studied in efforts to understand the dog-human connection.
As the science begins to really show details about what the dog is thinking, the fascination with this understanding grows. The most impressive concept in the background and one of the largest questions is, did humans make the dog, or did dogs evolve on their own? This continues to be questioned in research, and since dogs are speaking, humans are trying their best to listen, and connect with the evolution presently occurring on both sides of the dog dish. Humans feed, care for, create bonds with, train, and love their dogs. Science is now showing us exactly how complex this connection is, and helping to create an even stronger bond. Dogs are not just animals that happen to enjoy being by their owner’s side, but they have complex brains that in some way mimic the human brain, and the science just keeps on getting more exciting!