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The “Clever Hans Phenomenon” revisited

Did you know that horses can distinguish between human facial expressions? They can also learn to use symbols to communicate with people.

A well-known example that horses are good at interpreting body language is the story of the horse Hans. He created a sensation by stepping on the answer to math problems. Later it was revealed that the horse only knew the answer to the tasks if the question asked also did so. Hans was not a math genius, but a master at interpreting body language.


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