For decades, dogs have been domesticated and bred to serve the human society better with their supportive behavior, physical attributes, and sharp senses. Since they first joined people, studies show that they lost their touch with problem-solving capabilities that are not social. On the other hand, another series of research discovered how deep the relationship between them and their masters is. When dogs face an unsolvable problem, they tend to turn to their master for a solution. This is not common among animals as domesticated specimens of their parents, namely wolves, are not recreating the same response. However, no study has ever thought of measuring their moral perspective until now.
There is no wonder that dogs are frequently called a person’s best friend. Once they become familiar with someone, they tend to be loyal and never forget them. However, a new study proved something spectacular. It was found that human babies are capable of moral rationalization when they are just one year old. Scientists discovered that babies are capable of judging adults from a moral perspective. As a consequence, a scientist at the Kyoto University wondered if dogs are capable of the same behavior.
This is how the study on the moral thinking of dogs and monkeys began. During the tests, a dog was put face to face with three persons. The person in the middle possessed an empty box. It is clear that she is trying to open it, but she can’t. As a consequence, she seeks the help of the person on the left, but she gets refused with an obvious nod of the head. She turns to the person on the right, who is either helping or standing in a passive posture.
At the end of the test that unraveled under the supervision of the dog, the two actors on the right and left offered the pet a treat. The study showed that the dog would frequently choose to take the goodie from the hands of the passive person rather than from the person who refused to help. The same behavioral experiment was replicated with monkeys. The results of the study were the same in that that the animal refused to take something from the person who proved to be wrong from a moral perspective.
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