Study Says Puppies Understand Baby Speak Better Than Regular Speech

If you’ve ever played with a puppy, you’ve probably talked to it like you’d speak to a baby.  If you’ve ever talked baby talk to a puppy, you surely had a very un-fun person ask you why you were doing that. The next time this happens you can just say “Science!” and continue to play with your dog. 

A study published in Proceedings of Royal Society B showed some fascinating results about the effects of baby talk on dogs of different ages. The study was conducted by having female volunteers record the line “Hi! Hello cutie! Who’s a good boy? Come here! Good boy! Yes! Come here sweetie pie! What a good boy!” while looking at pictures of puppies, adult dogs, old dogs, and humans. 

 While there was little change in the pitch while looking at other humans, there was a noticeable difference when looking at the pictures of dogs. On average, the pitch increased by 13 percent for the old dogs, 11 percent for the adult dogs, and a whopping 21 percent for the puppies. 

The scientists then played the recordings over the loudspeaker in an animal shelter in New York City. Upon hearing these recordings the puppies rushed over to the loudspeaker and stayed there for a while. Furthermore, they reacted better to the puppy recordings than to the human recordings, staying at the loudspeaker for longer. 

The adult dogs reacted similarly to both the recording for adult dogs and the recording for humans. In both cases, the recordings were mostly ignored. They would glance over to the loud speaker and then go back to whatever they were doing before. Nicolas Mathevon, co-author of the study, speculates that “[M]aybe older dogs do not react that way because they are just more choosy and they want only to react with a familiar person.” 

This study was then replicated in France and Italy with French and Italian speakers, respectively, where it achieved the same results. 

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So what does this all mean? An early theory has to do to do with the “Baby Schema” which is that humans evolved to find things like big eyes cute as a way to ensure early humans had a desire to take care of there offspring. As a result, we have a desire to care for other animals that also have a classically cute appearance.

However, this does not seem to be the real reason why we speak this way to puppies. According to Mathevon:

One of the hypotheses was that we humans use this dog-directed speech because we are sensitive to the baby cues that come from the face of a small baby [animal] as we are sensitive to the faces of our babies. But actually our study demonstrates that we use pet-directed speech or infant-directed speech not only because of that but maybe we use this kind of speech pattern when we want to engage and interact with a non-speaking listener. Maybe this speaking strategy is used in any context when we feel that the listener may not fully master the language or has difficulty to understand us.

So be sure to use a high pitched voice when you explain this to your pup tonight. Otherwise they might get confused. 

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'DuckTales' Is Getting Rebooted With An Amazing New Cast But They Better Not Change The Theme Song

If there’s two things I remember about the DuckTales cartoon it’s that there was a giant Duck-Pilot character who was stupidly named Launchpad McQuack, and that it had the greatest theme song from any cartoon, ever.

Jesus, I cannot stop singing it.

Any kid who grew up in the ’90s will tell you that DuckTales was the absolute sh*t. Seriously, I don’t know a single kid who didn’t love this show. Sadly, because human beings are the absolute worst, the show was eventually taken off air.

But since everything from the ’90s is being rebooted, it was only a matter of time before DuckTales made its way back onto TV.

The cast of the cartoon looks absolutely amazing and they all got together to sing the classic theme song to kick off the awesome news that this very-deserving cartoon’s getting a reboot.

It’s insane to think that the cast of a children’s cartoon is filled with so many amazing actors.

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Yes, that’s right. Doctor friggin’ Who is gonna be Scrooge McDuck.

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This Awkward Throwback Photo Of Margot Robbie Will Make You Feel Better About Yourself

As a bitter millennial with stumpy legs and no stage presence, I harbor a lot of animosity towards beautiful and talented celebrities who have done absolutely nothing wrong. Number one on this list is Margot Robbie. Not only does she have the dreamiest Australian accent and a perfect body / face, she also happens to have my name. And I’m kind of a narcissist and wanted to be the most famous Margot of our generation. Based on where her career is going, and my number of Twitter followers, that’s not going to happen.

That’s why the most recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! made me feel a little better. And if you’re still resentful from your years as an awkward tween, it will make you feel better too. 

Much to Robbie’s surprise, Kimmel unveiled this amazingly awkward #tbt, thanks to one of Robbie’s friends.

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“Literally the most embarrassing photo of my whole life,” the actress said woefully. “I bet this was Sophia [who sent the photo.]” …All we know is, we definitely wouldn’t want to be Sophia right now. 

Let’s just appreciate her reaction to seeing this less-than-fortunate-looking photo, which was taken on her thirteenth birthday. 

Yeah, girl. Been there. Except with every photo ever taken of me. Only feeling mildly sympathetic right now. 

There’s a lot to love about this photo. 

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First of all she’s reading a ‘Harry Potter’ book, so she truly is one of us mere mortals who dream about getting our Hogwarts letters. 

And then, well, she looks awkward AF. Even celebrities had it rough in middle school! “I was really into slicking my hair back, God knows why,” she said. “I’m wearing glasses I didn’t actually need. And I lied to get glasses… I went to the optometrist and said ‘No, I can’t see.'” Margot Robbie, queen of the personality glasses before they were cool. 

Her embarrassment is actually pretty endearing. 

See, she’s still perfect. 

You can watch the clip from the Interview below:

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