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A Universal ‘Language’ of Arousal Connects Humans and the Animal Kingdom

New research suggests that the ability to intuit emotional states from vocalization is hardwired in humans and land animals.

Published On 07/25/2017
7:01 PM EDT
O O ver a century ago, naturalist Charles Darwin observed that all humans, as well as other animals, exhibit and express emotion in remarkably similar ways. He theorized that vocal expressions of feelings date back to the earliest terrestrial species, hinting that all land animals — and birds too — share a basic, inherent understanding of each other.
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