Neuroscientists Say Sheep Recognizes Celebrity Images Including Obama

A sheep. Smarter than it looks

When they were tested if they could perform without the rewards, the sheep were able to recognize the celebrities faces eight out of 10 times, Sky News reported. However, the ability of sheep to identify faces was unclear.

The team got success after few days of tutelage of sheep at the Cambridge University in England, where at least 8 sheep could recognize Obama by his picture.

Morton and her colleagues released eight sheep one-by-one into a pen outfitted with two computer screens.

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".

Over a series of four training sessions, the sheep's ability to choose a familiar face, represented by one of the four celebrities, over a completely unfamiliar face improved.




The research isn't just a silly test, though.

The sheep still recognized the celebrity portraits, even if posing at an angle, with only a 15 percent drop in accuracy. The investigators also found that the sheep could identify a picture of their handler without any training. She did a double take of both faces before ultimately choosing her handler. The photo recognition experiment gives scientists a way to track changes in the cognitive abilities of sheep with a gene mutation that causes Huntington's disease, an incurable neurodegenerative disease.

"This ability has previously been shown only in humans", the scientists write.

Sheep seemed to recognize the faces of Barack Obama, Emma Watson, and even Jake Gyllenhaal in a new study. "Either the human face is similar enough to the sheep face that [it] activates the sheep face-processing system, or human-face recognition relies on more general-purpose recognition systems".

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