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Horses Can Read Human Emotions, Even From Photos

Stay happy around a horse as it'll know when you're angry. (Image: Photography by Troy)
Stay happy around a horse as it'll know when you're angry. (Image: Photography by Troy)

You can’t hide your anger from a horse as they can read your facial expressions, a new study published February 10 from the University of Sussex has found. Psychologists from the University found, for the first time, that horses can differentiate from human facial expressions when we are angry or happy.

Twenty-eight horses were recruited from five riding or livery stables in Sussex and Surrey, U.K., between April 2014 and February 2015 for the study. They were shown photos of two unfamiliar male faces with happy or angry expressions. The people conducting the experiment weren’t able to see which photos they were displaying to avoid inadvertently influencing the horses.

After viewing the photos it was noted that the horses viewed them with their left eye — a behavior related to perceiving negative stimuli, their heart rate increased, and they displayed more stress-related behaviors.

Amy Smith, a doctoral student in the Mammal Vocal Communication and Cognition Research Group at Sussex, who co-led the research, said:

It has been found that many species view negative events with their left eye due to the right brain hemisphere’s specialization for processing threatening stimuli (information from the left eye is processed in the right hemisphere).

Amy continued:

Research shows that many species view negative events with their left eye due to the right brain hemisphere’s specialization for processing threatening stimuli (information from the left eye is processed in the right hemisphere).

Professor Karen McComb, a co-lead author of the research, said:

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