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Brain Scans Show Dogs React to Vocal Signals

Feb 21 2014, 1:11pm CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Brain Scans Show Dogs React to Vocal Signals
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The brain scans of canines show a number of surprising facts. Number one among these is something that pet owners have known for a long time. That their pooches understand their raw sound signals is a very strange fact yet it has been proven to be true beyond a shadow of doubt.

After dogs were placed beneath MRI scanners, it was found to the utter amazement of scientists that they react to vocal signals in the selfsame way as human beings. Sobbing or snickering elicited an appropriate response from these mutts. 

For all purposes they were attuned to the emotional language coming from their human masters. It seems that dogs and human beings have remarkably conjoint methodologies of understanding primitive linguistic cues. 

About a dozen canines were part of the study. They were positively shaped as far as behavior is concerned and soon they were giving the right responses to simple speech acts from their human masters. Everything from traffic horn blares to human emotional responses was tested on the dogs and the results spoke for themselves. 

The most anterior part of the temporal lobe was activated when human sounds reached these best friends that mankind has ever had. And they showed a similar effect when animal sounds were played before them.

The fact that such a region was already located and studied in human beings lent strength to the hypothesis that animals have very similar capabilities as human beings. 

However, the dogs did have a bias in the direction of the sounds of barking and whimpering coming from the same species. But the camaraderie between man and dog was finally given scientific status via this experiment in neuropsychology. 

 

While monkeys have been used to show these results, this is the first time canines have been employed in a hypothetical situation. Maybe later on the experiment will be carried out with the use of words too. But for now emotional cries and sounds have been the main area of research in these marvelous mutts. 

Source: BBC

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