Published on October 28th, 2013 | by admin

Sit, Stay, Scan: How dogs think

Greg Berns, MD, PhD from Emory University in Atlanta USA, specializes in the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human – and now, canine – motivation and decision-making. In this episode, he speaks to Tim and Mia about his team’s research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine brain activity in dogs.

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Greg Berns, Emory University

PloS research article
Functional MRI in Awake Unrestrained Dogs

Opinion (NY Times)
Dogs are People too

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The book
For the last 2 years, Greg has pursued his dream of using fMRI to decode what dogs really think. Partnering with a dog trainer, Berns’ group has trained a team of volunteer dogs to hold still in the MRI. The data they are collecting is revealing startling insights about how our the brains of our canine friends work, and they are finding proof that they really do love us. In the process, they have broken new ground in elevating the rights of dogs to human-equivalents.

How dogs love us: a neuroscientist and his adopted dog decode the canine brain
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