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How dogs love us | Dr. Gregory Burns Length | 18:02
Key takeaways -
Dogs have many of the same feelings and motivations that we do
Dr Burns used MRIs to measure the active regions of dogs’ brains in response to rewards
Dogs’ brains are typically the size of a plum or a lemon and they have many similarities to human brains
The results showed that dogs have representations of humans and they can remember and care like we do
Dogs’ brains are usually more active when rewards are given by an owner, displaying their ability to form connections and long term bonds with humans
Scans provide a neural biomarker of a dog’s personality profile, e.g golden retrievers show different results to pugs
An example of where these scans can be used is with service dogs, these are usually very difficult and expensive to train and have a high failure rate during training. If potential training dogs undergo scans before training it would give an indication pf their likelihood of success during training.
"The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog." - Mark T