Anyone who has ever had cats knows that they can be fmishable beasts. A minute ago, they were happy to scratch your head. The next minute, they grab your hand and bite your finger. A team of psychologists from the University of Sussex and the University of Portsmouth has published a new paper discussing the relationship with cats. The study was called “The Role of Eye Movement in Cat-to-Human Communication.”
Psychologists say human squinting produces something called a cat’s smile. The so-called “slow wink” seems to make humans more attractive to cats. The cat’s squinting is similar to a human Dodds smile or a real smile. Researchers Dr. Tasmin Humphrey and Professor Karen McCorm, both animal behavior scientists at the university, conducted two experiments on cats.
The first experiment showed that cats were more likely to blink slowly at their owners when they did not interact. In the second experiment, researchers from the psychology team, rather than the cat’s owner, found that the cat was more likely to approach the researcher’s outstretched hand after a slow wink at the cat. When the scientist’s expression is neutral, the cat is less likely to approach the researcher’s outstretched hand.
Slow blinking technology can provide positive communication between cats and humans, a study has found. When strangers blink slowly, they are also more likely to blink slowly at strangers. The researchers say they have found evidence to support the suspicions of many cat owners that humans and cats can communicate by shrinking their glasses, such as blinking.
Humphrey said the study explores positive ways cats and humans can interact and enhances public understanding of cats. The findings will also help improve the welfare of cats and improve their social cognitive abilities.