Fido, i see love in your eyes

April 16, 2015 6:26 PM

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Japanese researchers found that when a dog stares at its human, levels of a hormone called oxytocin rise. This squirt of oxytocin, known as the "love hormone" for its role in parent-child bonding, encourages the human to gaze longer. This then triggers a squirt of oxytocin in the dog, creating a feedback loop of happiness and connection.

"Dogs and humans can communicate very naturally, and they can be friends in a natural way," the paper's first author, Miho Nagasawa, a post doctoral fellow at Jichi Medical University in Shimotsuke, Japan, said through a translator. "Even though people don't teach dogs to live with them, dogs can na...

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