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Study Shows Dogs Don't Particularly Care About Your Face

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First, let's get this straight: Dogs are smart. But, it's clear their brains are built different, and we're learning new things about our furry friends each day—even scientifically. In fact, a new study says they're not really into human faces.

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A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience says that dogs aren't wired to focus on our faces. You probably think that's a load of bull considering that your dog clearly responds to your face but its really not the case.

In an interview with NBC News, study co-author Attila Andics says that while dogs do pay attention to human faces in a way, they also equally pick up things from body language and voice cues. That's compared to humans who really value other human faces.

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The authors tested 30 humans and dogs in MRI machines while showing two-second videos of a dog face, a human face, and the backs of each. Human brains lit up when another human face was shown, while dog brains were more active with other dogs.

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In conclusion, your dog loves you, no matter what you look like... which is weirdly endearing. Aww.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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