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Consciousness (and love) is not limited to humans

16 Apr Posted by in Various texts | Comments Off on Consciousness (and love) is not limited to humans

Humans aren’t the only ones who are able to recognize facial identity and emotional expression—pigeons can too, according to a study by researchers at the University of Iowa.

In a new study, pigeons were shown photographs of human faces that varied in the identity of the face, and in emotional expression, such as a frown or a smile. In one experiment, pigeons were able to perceive the similarity among faces sharing identity and emotion. In a second study, pigeons had to categorize photographs using only one quality and ignoring the other. It was easier to ignore emotion and recognize face identity than the other way around.

Full story at Futurity.