October 6, 2017

Dogs: it’s amazing the tricks they can learn, the companionship they furnish and protection they afford. Now, thanks to training, the Dog Project at Emory University has taught a dog to lie still in an MRI scanner so its brain could be studied.

What was discovered? Activity in their reward center was isolated in an attempt to know how dogs learn human language. After a year of study, Gregory Berns has been unable to determine “When a dog hears a word, is it just an auditory stimulus or does it go deeper to have some sort of meaning?” What he has discovered is that “Dogs are just as...

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