Newborn Babies “Really Understand Dogs”

newbornThough it may seem unbelievable that babies as young as 6 months old can understand dogs, a new research found that despite little or no previous exposure to dogs, babies have a handle on the meaning of different dog barks.

According to researchers at Brigham Young University, newborn babies as young as 6 months old can match an angry snarl and a friendly yap to photos of dogs displaying threatening and welcoming body language.

“Emotion is one of the first things babies pick up on in their social world,” said BYU psychology professor Ross Flom, lead author of the study.

Flom and two BYU students report their latest “amazing baby” findings in the journal Developmental Psychology.

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