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Talking To Your Pets Is a Sign of Intelligence, According to Science
High-pitched affection included.
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Some people who do not own pets may watch their dog-loving friends talking to their animals as if they were human (high-pitched, pet voice included) and wonder what on earth they think they are achieving. But it turns out that this behavior is far from silly—in fact, it's the exact opposite.

An expert in anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object, suggests that the science behind why people talk to animals is actually a sign of intelligence, Metro reveals.

"Historically, anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it's actually a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet," Dr. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago said. "No other species has this tendency."

This behavior can also extend further afield. Do you sometimes think your computer is being stubborn or that your car is being malicious? Examples like this, of attributing human qualities to non-humans, reveals our unique intelligence, according to Epley.


"For centuries, our willingness to recognize minds in non-humans has been seen as a kind of stupidity, a childlike tendency toward anthropomorphism and superstition that educated and clear-thinking adults have outgrown," he said. "I think this view is both mistaken and unfortunate.

"Recognizing the mind of another human being involves the same psychological processes as recognizing a mind in other animals, a god, or even a gadget. It is a reflection of our brain's greatest ability rather than a sign of our stupidity."

If you are someone who loves to chat to your pets then feel free to carry on, it just showcases how smart you are!

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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