“Sit. Roll over. Fetch. Do dogs really know what people are saying?
A study published this week in the Journal Science suggests dogs can understand both the words that humans speak and the way they are intoned.
That would mean the basic brain chemistry needed to process language may be much older than the human species, and is likely present in other animals.
A team of researchers from Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary trained dogs to lie still in a functional MRI brain scanner. They then looked at the parts of the dogs’ brains that lit up when they heard various words in different intonations.
The dogs heard some words of praise, and words that were meaningless, in both praising and neutral tones of voice.” Read full story….