A newly discovered feature of dog body language may surprise pet owners and dog experts. When dogs feel positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is more to the left.
Research has shown that in most animals, including birds, fish, and frogs, the left brain specializes in behaviors involving what scientists call attachment and energy enhancement. In humans, the left brain is associated with positive feelings like love, a sense of attachment, a feeling of safety and calm. It is also associated with physiological markers like a slow heart rate. In contrast, the right brain specializes in behaviors involving withdrawal and energy expenditure. In humans, these behaviors, like fleeing, are associated with feelings like fear and depression. Physiological signals include a rapid heart rate and the shutdown of the digestive system.
Because the left brain controls the right side of the body, and the right brain controls the left side of the body, such asymmetries are usually manifested in opposite sides of the body. Thus many birds seek food with their right eyes (nourishment) and watch for predators with their left eyes (danger).



What will happen when a dog sees another threatening dog?
It may watch the other dog with its right eye.
Its heart rate may slow down a little bit.
Its tail may wag to the right.
Its tail may wag to the left.


Which of the following statements is true about an animal's left brain?
It sends out signals to speed up the heart rate.
It sends out signals to slow down the heart rate.
It is associated with feelings like danger and fleeing.
It is associated with feelings like fear and depression.


Which of the following statements is NOT true about humans?
There are no obvious brain-body asymmetries in humans.
Their left brain is associated with feelings like love and a sense of attachment.
Their right brain specializes in energy expenditure and withdrawal.
When feeling depressed, humans may shut down their digestive system.


According to the article, what do birds, fish, frogs, and dogs have in common?
Their brains are relatively small for their body sizes.
Their left brains specialize in attachment and energy enhancement.
Their right brains are associated with positive feelings.
They all seek food with their right eyes only.

 

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