A new book tells how brain scans reveal the inner workings of our best friends’ thoughts, feelings and actions.
This is what we’ve all been waiting for! Definitive proof about how our dogs really think and feel!
Have you always wondered whether your dog just loved you for the dinners and treats you represent?
A neuroscientist and a dog trainer have spent the best part of 5 years training around 90 dogs how to undergo MRI scans, so that we can look inside their beautiful minds and really understand what it’s like to be a dog.
In a brand new book, What It’s Like to Be a Dog: and other adventures in animal neuroscience, Dr Gregory Berns reveal the inner workings of our dogs’ brains.
It turns out that dogs have the same parts of their brains as we humans do when it comes to emotional processes. Our dogs (and other species that Dr Berns tested) have feelings that are very much like ours.
Your dog really recognises your face, too. It turns out they are hardwired to seek out faces, with a dedicated part of their brain designed to look at, and recognise faces.
Amazing new work with service dogs
There’s some very important new work to come out of this research. The team has started to apply the scans to service dogs, to help determine whether a puppy is going to be worth the $20,000 – $60,000 investment in training.
The team scanned puppies then followed them up later in life. The scans showed that puppies with definite brain activity characteristics turned into successful service dogs down the track.
My copy is on order! Here’s how to get your hands on your own.
Find out more about the book and how to order it,
Read an interview with Dr Berns in the New York Times