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  • Sheep can recognise faces!
  • Sheep can recognise faces!

Sheep can recognise faces!

Many people think sheep aren’t very intelligent creatures. But in fact, (1)…………….. to new research, they may be cleverer than we think. For example, sheep can actually be trained to recognise human faces from photographs!

Recognising faces is an important human social (2)…………….. . However, it seems that sheep are also social animals that can recognise other sheep as well as (3)…………….. humans. In experiments, researchers trained eight sheep to recognise the faces of celebrities from photographs. Training involved getting the sheep to (4)…………….. decisions about the photos they saw. At one end of a room, they would see two different photographs, and would receive a (5)…………….. of food for approaching the photograph of the celebrity; if they approached the wrong photograph, they got nothing. Over time, they learned to (6)…………….. getting food with the celebrity’s photograph. And after training, the sheep correctly chose the celebrity’s face eight times out of ten!

  • 1   A   regarding       following     C   resulting            according
  • 2   A   skill                  talent           C   knowledge        method
  • 3   A   ordinary         usual             C   familiar              frequent
  • 4   A   set                   make            C   have                    do
  • 5   A   reward            benefit         C   tip                        goal
  • 6   A   attach             join                C   add                      connect

1 D   (according is the only option which can be followed by to)

2 A   (A social skill is a collocation so these two words are strongly connected.)

3 C   (The sheep recognised familiar human faces – faces they had seen before.)

4 B   (If you have to decide something, you make a decision.)

5 A    (The sheep got a reward of food for getting the right answer to the task – choosing the celebrity’s photo. This was part of their training.)

6 D   (The sheep connected the idea of getting food with choosing the right photo.)


Sheep can recognise faces!

Many people think sheep aren’t very intelligent creatures. But in fact, (1)…………….. to new research, they may be cleverer than we think. For example, sheep can actually be trained to recognise human faces from photographs!

Recognising faces is an important human social (2)…………….. . However, it seems that sheep are also social animals that can recognise other sheep as well as (3)…………….. humans. In experiments, researchers trained eight sheep to recognise the faces of celebrities from photographs. Training involved getting the sheep to (4)…………….. decisions about the photos they saw. At one end of a room, they would see two different photographs, and would receive a (5)…………….. of food for approaching the photograph of the celebrity; if they approached the wrong photograph, they got nothing. Over time, they learned to (6)…………….. getting food with the celebrity’s photograph. And after training, the sheep correctly chose the celebrity’s face eight times out of ten!

  • 1   A   regarding       following     C   resulting            according
  • 2   A   skill                  talent           C   knowledge        method
  • 3   A   ordinary         usual             C   familiar              frequent
  • 4   A   set                   make            C   have                    do
  • 5   A   reward            benefit         C   tip                        goal
  • 6   A   attach             join                C   add                      connect

1 D   (according is the only option which can be followed by to)

2 A   (A social skill is a collocation so these two words are strongly connected.)

3 C   (The sheep recognised familiar human faces – faces they had seen before.)

4 B   (If you have to decide something, you make a decision.)

5 A    (The sheep got a reward of food for getting the right answer to the task – choosing the celebrity’s photo. This was part of their training.)

6 D   (The sheep connected the idea of getting food with choosing the right photo.)

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