Neuroscientists Say Sheep Recognizes Celebrity Images Including Obama

Neuroscientists Say Sheep Recognizes Celebrity Images Including Obama

That means the sheep were not just memorizing images, demonstrating for the first time that sheep have advanced face-recognition capabilities similar to those of humans and other primates, say neurobiologist Jennifer Morton and her colleagues.

But now, a relatively small study from University of Cambridge scientists shows that sheep might be joining that club.

The researchers published their findings today in the Royal Society Open Science journal with the title "Sheep recognize familiar and unfamiliar human faces from two-dimensional images".

In a separate test, researchers wanted to see if the sheep would recognize human trainers they already know without any training like they underwent in the pen with the celebrity faces. But there are at least eight sheep who can recognize the former president by his face. However, their ability to recognize human faces from photos alone is novel. "Our study gives us another way to monitor how these abilities change", Morton said. Picking the celebrity earned a sheep a food-pellet reward.

Morton and her team are now studying sheep that have been genetically modified to carry the gene mutation that causes Huntington's disease.

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They then challenged the animals again, this time by showing them a picture of the same celebrity, but using a new photo of their face tilted at an angle.

When the handler's face was shown, sheep picked it seven out of 10 times. In his previous studies, sheep were better at discriminating faces when they were trained on familiar individuals, like a handler or a sheep from their own flock, he said.

Recognizing human faces is a skill you may take for granted-but you're also a human. "And there is no reason to think that they would recognize other animals but not humans". The research could even help with research into neurological diseases.

Likewise, when the authors of the new study swapped celebrity photographs with those of the sheep's handlers, the farm animals needed no training. "There is a transgenic sheep model of Huntington's disease, created in Australia by collaborators", she said.

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