Seeing with ears: Sightless humans' perception of dog bark provides a test for structural rules in vocal communicationMolnár Cs, Pongrácz P & Miklósi Á
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 2010, 63, 1004-1013
Prerecorded family dog (Canis familiaris) barks were played back to groups of congenitally sightless, sightless with prior visual experience, and sighted people (none of whom had ever owned a dog). We found that blind people without any previous canine visual experiences can categorize accurately various dog barks recorded in different contexts, and their results are very close to those of sighted people in characterizing the emotional content of barks. These findings suggest that humans can recognize some of the most important motivational states reflecting, for example, fear or aggression in a dog's bark without any visual experience. It is very likely that this result can be generalized to other mammalian species - that is, no visual experience of another individual is needed for recognizing some of the most important motivational states of the caller.
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