Pigs Can Be Optimists Or Pessimists: Study

Posted: Nov 16 2016, 2:24am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Pigs can be Optimists or Pessimists: Study
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  • Swine are Optimistic or Pessimistic in Accordance with their Psyches and Moods
 

As the latest research shows, swine are optimistic or pessimistic in accordance with their psyches and moods.

A bright and cheerful hog cannot be curbed as far as its enthusiasm is concerned. Like us human beings, pigs can be optimists or pessimists depending upon a number of traits and factors.

The pessimistic swine face the blues due to their environment. The study was published in the journal Biology Letters. The interaction of personality and moodiness may thus count in the animal world too. 

The ultimate question is whether you find the glass half empty or half full. Humans are subject to the variables of their personalities and environment not to mention their genetic inheritance.

If they are feeling down, they will judge that the outcome of a situation will be for the worst when it could turn out either good or bad.  Conversely, when they are on top of the world, their expectations go sky high.

The cognitive bias can be clearly seen here. The studies conducted on animals have shown mixed results so far. Yet with this latest study, an establishment of this principle in animals may be well on its way to being accepted by the mainstream of scientific thought. 

36 domestic pigs were included in the study. These pigs were known for their intelligence. A gauging of whether the pigs were proactive or reactive was accomplished and it was based on their behavior in tandem with another object.

Those who were proactive tended to be more feisty and showed limited flexibility. The reactive pigs were was passive and showed greater flexibility. It is to be kept in mind that in human beings, proactivity is linked with extroversion and reactivity is connected to neuroticism, according to LATimes

The pigs in the study were also trained to figure out the facts regarding two bowls in the room. One was filled with sweet chocolates while the other one contained bitter coffee beans.

These were both coated with a layer of sugar so that the pigs could not be able to sniff them out beforehand. Other bowls were added in the room. The pigs were found to choose the middle bowl regardless of the surroundings.

Pigs with reactive personalities tended to be more optimistic regarding the chances of finding the chocolate bowls. This was so if they had better surroundings and not so if the accommodations were mediocre.

Thus this shows that reactive animals tend to be affected by their environment. This in turn had an impact on their mood. Therefore, judgement follows the same patterns in pigs as it does in mankind.

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