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For the study, Andics, a researcher in the Department of Ethology and MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group at Eötvös Loránd University, and his colleagues trained 13 dogs to lie down completely motionless in an fMRI brain scanner as their trainers talked to them. Prior studies on speech processing required more invasive methods conducted on animals such as rodents, but, in this case, the dogs were not restrained. If they indicated discomfort in any way, such as by wiggling a bit, the sessions were immediately stopped.
Meaningful, but not meaningless, words were processed in the dogs' left hemisphere, the brain activation images showed. The dogs' right hemisphere, conversely, activated when they were distinguishing different types of intonation, such as happy praising tones versus more neutral ones. As all of this audible information is taken in, a dog is then capable of understanding a familiar phrase, such as "Good boy!"
originally posted by: hubrisinxs
a reply to: TheAmazingYeti
My current dog is almost 3 years old and I have noticed time and time again that she seems to have so many human-like responses to stimuli.
Example: I might get upset while playing Madden or something, my dog starts to bark and gets upset too, which make me laugh, and then she looks at me like I am crazy.
My dog knows how to sit, and stay and stuff. But there are other works that seem to work too. Like the word breakfast always makes her tail go crazy and she will bolt to the kitchen. My wife can ask for kisses and she will lick her on the face.
I just feel like she understands more than most people would give her credit for. Love my dog, and neat post and video.
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Science shows dogs really CAN recognise our faces 8 AUG 2015
If dogs had simply learnt, but not evolved, to recognise human faces - for example, as a result of associating its owner's face with food - the researchers would have expected the reward region of the brain to light up too. But this wasn't the case.
Publishing their results in the journal PeerJ, the team has now named the region of the brain the 'dog face area', or DFA, based on the fusiform face area, or FFA, which is one of three facial-recognition regions in the human brain.
The results are obviously limited by the small sample size of dogs involved, but Berns and the team now hypothesise that perhaps facial recognition is a crucial ability in any social or 'pack' animal, such as humans, primates, and canines. And in the future they hope to find out more about how this skill evolved.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Happened across this just now:
I'm not a dog owner so I dont study them. They require constantly being in the pack, constant attention. I see it as a sort of cruelty if there would ever be gaps in such, likewise spending all the time with them to properly train them lots of stuff. I feel if cant ensure do that then not a good time to bring one in.