Do you ever find it more upsetting to see a dog die in a movie than a person? If so, you're not alone, according to a study completed by Northeastern University. We really do love dogs, and sometimes we have more empathy for them than we do for fellow humans. It doesn't necessarily make us bad people. We see dogs as innocent, poor and defenseless creatures, and it makes us upset whenever something bad happens to them. Are you a dog person?
Two studies. The first study was done by a UK-based medical research charity. Two fake campaigns were organized -- one to raise money for a man in peril, and one to raise money for a dog, also in dire circumstances.
The results. Based on the contributions made to the campaigns, people donated much more money to the dog's fund than the human's. So, does that mean we're more affected by suffering dogs than suffering people? It might.
The Northeastern Study. The Northeastern study consisted of having subjects read news articles about bad things happening to puppies, dogs, babies and adults. As it turns out, we do care about babies, but we don't care about adults as much as puppies and dogs.