And if a human and a dog stood side by side and both needed help, but you could only choose one. It would not be an easy decision, would it? Some studies show that when feeling empathy, many people prefer dogs to others. Does it surprise you?
Sociologists and anthropologists at Northeastern University and the University of Colorado have wondered why, when news of animals in need is in the news, the level of indignation and reaction is sometimes higher than when tragedies have consequences for the human being.
The researchers asked 256 students to read a fictional story and reveal their empathy for an adult or child brutally beaten compared to an adult dog or puppy.
Results: Undergraduate students felt more empathy for dogs than adult men. The study says, “We also found more empathy for victims who are human children, puppies and adult dogs than for victims who are adult humans. Age makes the difference for empathy with the human victims, but not for the victims of dogs. ”
The study also mentions a UK charity organization that also conducted its own experience of dog/person empathy. He organized a fundraising campaign with two versions of the same ad
According to the research, “both contained a text that said, ‘Would you give £ 5 to save Harrison from a slow and painful death?’ One version contained a photo of the real Harrison Smith, an eight-year-old boy diagnosed with Duchenne. (Muscular dystrophy). The other presented a picture of a dog.
When the ads were posted on the MSN website in the UK with links to donate to a charity, the one representing the dog attracted twice as many clicks as the one with the boy (230 vs. 111). ”
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