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Posted: Friday, 16 August 2013 6:55AM

A new study finds humans have great empathy for dogs



Do you ever wonder why there are so many posts of dogs on Facebook? Well, a new study seems to confirm we really do have more empathy for canines than for adult humans.

The study is from Northeastern University in Boston. 

Researchers say "It's not that these people in the study cared more for the dogs, but their empathy is based on the perceived vulnerability of the subject."

In an informal survey of local folks we found people split, but most still feel more empathy for battered dogs and children than for adults.  As one woman who chooses the dogs says, "I love dogs with their puppy eyes.  You can't help but to love them!"

Another woman who said she feels the most empathy for the battered adult over a dog says, "I don't have a dog, but I have friends who would just die that I didn't say the dog."

A few local folks when presented with the option of feeling the most empathy for a battered dog, child or adult chose all three.

And one man said he chooses the humans over the canines, because they aren't spiritual beings like people are.

The vul­ner­a­bility and depen­dence of dogs and children make their plight of abandonment or abuse much easier for us to empathize with than with adults, researchers say.

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