It is said that dog is a man’s best friend. The fact might actually be true. The University of Sao Paulo, Brazil conducted an experiment on them to find out whether the dogs could assess the emotional content of human voices.
17 dogs took part in the experiment. Pairs of photos of someone looking happy or sad were shown before them. In addition to the photos, the person’s voice speaking in a cheerful or angry tone were also played.
Research revealed that the dogs spent more time looking at the facial expression that matched the tone of voice.This means that canines are actually capable of matching a person’s facial expressions with his voice.
Researchers say this might be an inherent capability domesticated in canines, which can go as far back as 30,000 years!
Now we can undoubtedly believe people who say they feel a connection with their dogs who react to their emotions on a daily basis.
Indulging in smoking or drinking alcohol may not only damage your teeth but also lead to increased incidences of failure in dental fillings, warned researchers.
The findings, led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, showed that within two years of the dental procedure, Dental fillings failed more often in patients who drank alcohol, while the overall filling failure rate was higher in men who smoked.
Furthermore, people with a difference in the gene for matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2) — an enzyme found in teeth — were at increased risk of Dental filling failure.
This could be because MMP2 might be able to degrade the bond between the filling and the tooth surface, potentially leading to failure, the researchers said.
The results, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, suggest that genetic analysis might help dentists to personalize treatments for their patients, which could lead to improved outcomes.
“A better understanding of individual susceptibility to dental disease and variation in treatment outcomes will allow the dental field to move forward,” said Alexandre Vieira, a researcher from the varsity.
“In the future, genetic information may be used to personalize dental treatments and enhance treatment outcomes,” Vieira added.
For the study, the team from America and Brazil analyzed dental records of 807 patients. Fillings can fail for a variety of reasons, including re-emergence of the initial tooth decay or the filling becoming detached.
The researchers also examined if newer composite resin Dental fillings are as durable as traditional amalgam fillings, which have been in use for more than 150 years but which contain mercury, a toxic metal.
The researchers found that overall, there were no major differences between patients receiving amalgam or composite Dental fillings in terms of filling failure rates. (IANS)
September 2, 2017: In the opening of the 10-day Festival of India, an exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and an enthralling performance of Carnatic music by renowned Indian musicians in Brasilia, that was attended by senior Brazilian government officials, ambassadors, media, culture lovers and friends of India.
The event, on August 31, was held at the University of Brasilia (UnB).
The Festival of India is being organised in Brasilia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro by the Indian Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of India in Brazil to celebrate the completion of 70 years of India’s independence, an Indian Embassy press release said.
The exhibition on the life of Mahatma Gandhi was inaugurated by Ambassador of India in Brazil Sunil Lal. The bilingual exhibition in English and Portuguese familiarized the Brazilian visitors with fascinating aspects of the Mahatma’s life and his decisive role in India’s independence. This was followed by the soulful performance of Indian Carnatic music by Anuroop Sugathan on the violin, Govindarajan and Palakal who were the vocalists and Viswanathan on the Mridangam.
In an evening marked by patriotic fervour and invocation of the divine, the Brazilian audience were treated to renditions of Vande Mataram and devotional and classical Carnatic numbers, reaching the crescendo with a rendition of the Indian National Anthem.
The group of musicians are to perform in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian friends of India would be treated to another stellar evening of a Kathak performance by an 11-member group led by Nandini Singh in Brasilia on Friday. This would be followed by Kathak performances in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The widely appreciated exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi would also be on display in São Paulo.
The final leg of the festival would celebrate Indian literature with renowned Indian poets Siva Reddy Kolli, Shauq Mohammed Shafi Lone and Monalisa Jena sharing gems of Indian literature in Telugu, Kashmiri and Odia languages, with their translations, to introduce the Brazilian audience to the fascinating world of Indian poetry, in all the three cities. (IANS)
The University of Toronto has established that is it reliably possible for people to tell whether someone is richer or poorer
The researchers also disclose that a person’s social class can only be judged by their neutral face and not when they’re smiling or expressing emotions
The study of social classes is getting more attention in fields such as psychology and behavior
Washington D.C. (US), July 6, 2017: One may think that their true economic condition can be hidden, but their expression will always unmask the true condition, as per a recent study. The University of Toronto has established that is it reliably possible for people to tell whether an individual is richer or poorer than average just by taking a glimpse of their “neutral” face with no facial expression.
It is also a fact that they might make use of those impressions in a biased way, for example judging that the richer faces and preferring them over the poorer ones to hire for a job, as said by researcher Thora Bjornsdottir.
As noted by Bjornsdottir, your face signals can reveal a lot about your social class and those first impressions can then become a type of self-fulfilling prophecy. It will then influence your interactions and the opportunities you’re going to have in the future, mentioned ANI report.
The researchers also disclose that a person’s social class can only be judged by their neutral face, without a smile or any emotions. They conclude that emotions have the ability to hide life-long habits of expression that eventually get imprinted on a person’s face either by their last teenage years or early in their adulthood, for instance, happiness, that is more commonly associated with people who are wealthy or are satisfied.
According to Rule, one’s face ultimately reveals and reflects their experiences over time. Even when we are under the misinterpretation that we are not expressing anything, artifacts of those emotions and feelings are still present there. It is also said that the results are not affected by the race or gender of the face or the amount of time given to study them. All of this consists of nonverbal behaviour.
The study of social classes is getting more attention in fields such as psychology and behaviour. What makes it even more intriguing is the 43 muscles concentrated in a very small area of the body. The study is displayed in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
– prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: Hkaur1025