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November 26, 2020 - Daily Mail Online

Animals experience positive moods and pessimism, study claims

Animals experience positive moods and pessimism, study claims
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Animals exhibit positive moods when they 'win' and pessimism when they 'lose' — suggesting they experience emotions much like we do, a study has claimed.

In a review study, experts from Belfast used the example of animal contests — for limited resources, or mates — to argue that emotion affects animal behaviour.

Scientists studying the behaviour of animals have traditionally not considered the role of emotion — which is hard to accurately measure in an animal.

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