Dogs Respond in Accordance to Human Actions

Dogs Respond in Accordance to Human ActionsA new study has been able to put forth a new method with which brain of dogs can be scanned. It has been proposed that brains of active and alert dogs and also oldest domesticated species can be analyzed using the method.

The researchers of the study from Emory University asserted that their technique acknowledged the scans obtained from functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

It has been reported that initially two dogs were included in the project, out of which one was a two-year old, southern squirrel-hunting dog and the other one was a three-year old Border Collie.

It has been illustrated that both the dogs were trained for a few months, before they were able to walk into fMRI and stay there, until the researchers are complete with their analysis.

They were initially trained to respond to hand signals, which meant either they will receive a treat or they won't.

Gregory Berns, director of the Emory Centre for Neuropolicy and lead researcher of the dog project said, "The caudate region of the brain, associated with rewards in humans, showed activation in both dogs when they saw the signal for the treat, but not for the no-treat signal".

It has been depicted that dogs pay close attention to human signals.