New Experiments with Brain Scans Show Striking Similarities Between Dogs and Humans

Written by: Phil Monahan

Golden retrievers and border collies pose by the MRI machine.
Photo by Borbala Ferenczy, via

We’ve posted a couple of times about scientists are using MRO brain scans to gain a better understanding of how dogs’ minds work. (See here and here.) A new article on describes some remarkable results from experiments performed at Hungary’s Eötvös Loránd University and described in a paper in the journal Current Biology:

Inside the scanner, each of the 11 dogs, and a comparison group of 22 men and women, listened to nearly 200 recordings of dog and human sounds: whining and crying, laughing and barking. As expected, human voice-processing areas responded most to human voices. In dogs, corresponding brain regions responded to the sounds of dogs. In both species, the activity in these regions changed in similar ways in response to the emotional tone of a vocalization. . .

Each of this experiments and discoveries is another step toward a more complete understanding of our best friends, which should be ammunition in the fight to demand better protections for dogs.

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