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Study Finds Dogs May Understand Us Better Than We Think

CBS News reports on a new finding published in Current Biology that has found similarities between dogs and humans in the brain regions used to process emotional cues. Dogs and humans were played emotional sounds such as moaning, whimpering, laughing, or happy barking while an MRI scan was taken. Researchers found “Both dog and human brains lit up in the voice area — which was located in similar, corresponding locations — when they heard the sounds. They also saw that both dogs and humans processed emotion-ridden sounds the same way.” While there were some key differences in the way dogs and humans processed the sounds, the research suggests “that the voice area must have evolved at least 100 million years ago, which is the age of the last known common ancestor between our two species.”

Read the article published by CBS News.

Read the study in Current Biology.