Recently I have began to research if animals can understand complex emotions like humans do. While exploring deep into Gale database I found some answers. According to an article originally published on Newsweek titled, Animal Emotions: Pet owners have long believed their companions loved them back. Scientists once scoffed, but now they’re coming around, animals do in fact experience complex emotions like jealousy, love and grief. This is believable to anyone who owns a pet because of the love we give and hope we receive from the said pet. However, thanks to neurobiology and behavioral sciences we can prove that our pets love us as much as we love them.
The animal found to be the most capable at understanding complex emotions is surprisingly not the chimp, but the dog. Dogs have evolved to be skilled at reading human emotion as well as expressing their own emotions. The four dimensions of canine personality: sociability, affection, emotional stability and competence are remarkably similar to the four basic categories of human personality found in standard psychological tests. Dogs also have been found to be susceptible to mood lifters like the practice of yoga, or in this case, Doga.
The science of studying complex emotions in animals is relatively new compared to other studies. I wish this article would have told me how they gathered the data about the animals having complex emotions. Otherwise this article shows me that animals can and do experience complex emotions like humans do.
Carmichael, Mary. “Animal Emotions: Pet owners have long believed their companions loved them back. Scientists once scoffed, but now they’re coming around.” Newsweek, 21 July 2003, p. 44. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A105459621/OVIC?u=salt89600&xid=1cffa0b6. Accessed 28 Feb. 2017.