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Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Humans Better Than We Thought
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Scientists Prove Dogs Understand Humans Better Than We Thought

Have you ever wondered if your pooch understands the words ‘I love you’ it hears from you about a thousand times a day? Well researchers at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary have some exciting news for doggie lovers!

Scientists at the Family Dog Project in Budapest used fMRI to scan 13 family dogs’ brain activity when hearing words. The interesting thing is that pups had to lie there completely motionless, sometimes for up to 8 minutes for an experiment to work. How did they get them to do it? Researchers told The Huffington Post that the most important thing was for the dogs to trust them and be praised.

Turns out that not only can pooches understand the meaning and tone of human speech – they process language the same way humans do! Doggies use right brain hemisphere to process words, and the left one to analyze intonation. Researchers came up with this finding when saying neutral phrases in a praising tone, and vice versa. The dog brain activity showed they could tell a difference between the meaning of distinct words and the sound.

We know some of you are shouting ‘I knew it!’ right now. Never again should anyone be ridiculed for talking with their dog. And if someone does laugh at you, just tell them they need to get up to date with the science.

More info: Facebook | Family Dog Project (h/t: huffingtonpost)

Scientists used fMRI to scan 13 family dogs’ brain activity when hearing words

Image credits: Vilja and Vanda Molnár

Pups had to lie there completely motionless, sometimes for up to 8 minutes for an experiment to work

Image credits: Borbála Ferenczy

Thanks to smart dogs like Barack (pictured) now we know more about the science of dogs

Image credits: Eniko Kubinyi

‘Both what we say and how we say it matters to dogs’

Image credits: Vilja and Vanda Molnár

Scans Showed Dogs Can Analyze Both Words And Intonation

Image credits: Eniko Kubinyi

‘Using words may be a human invention but now we see that the neural connections used to process them are not uniquely human’

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Anna Brandigi
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be honest, dogs are waaaaaaay better than humans...

Cody Eriksen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Duh!!! When you ask your fur baby what did they do, They can't hide behind that guilty face. A child will have paint all over them and said they didn't do it, like all NSA style.

Daria B
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A child would say they didn't *insert explanation how it actually happened* and do it. Like... "No, I didn't hit the vase while playing football in the lovingroom".

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Mário Cabral Filho
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have no doubt. The dogs understand us in our verbal commands, the commands using the coprpo and more, they know when we are not well. One night I came home after work, was very upset, briquei my dog hugged him and sat in the chair of my home office. He always jumped in my lap, this time lay on the floor, some little more than a meter, and looked into my eyes. so for a while I do not remember! I was improving my mood, my heart slowed and he suddenly stood up, went to my lap and hugged ready I was already quite well.

BeeYong Yap
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the dogs you used. So sweet and attentive!

Frances Lothian
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Humans are not all bad you know. We get this idea that we're supposed to be perfect and then when we're not we think we suck. If you think about animals do all kinds of pretty barbaric stuff - males often kill the young of other males or females kill the male after copulation etc. They do not look after the sick or the dying, most mating is basically rape. We do a lot that is good, and we try all the time to be better. Some of the time what we think will be good turns out not to be and therein lies the problem. I heard of a mother that put honey on her two year old daughter's hand so a bear could lick it off and the bear bit the kid's hand off! That stuff happens. Animals are animals and they do what their instincts tell them to do. We try to escape our instincts. With mixed results.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They understand us and they still like us? Let science try to explain that!

Noemi Perosillo
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always think that dogs and animals in general are better than humans, very often they are able to understend us even if they can't speak, and they show more love and affection than many people around us!

JoAnne Klein
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At age 79, I've known this for at least 75 years. About every 10 years or so some scientific group claims "proof" of the various capabilities of dogs that we who have grown up with dogs already know.

Anna Brandigi
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To be honest, dogs are waaaaaaay better than humans...

Cody Eriksen
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Duh!!! When you ask your fur baby what did they do, They can't hide behind that guilty face. A child will have paint all over them and said they didn't do it, like all NSA style.

Daria B
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A child would say they didn't *insert explanation how it actually happened* and do it. Like... "No, I didn't hit the vase while playing football in the lovingroom".

Load More Replies...
Mário Cabral Filho
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have no doubt. The dogs understand us in our verbal commands, the commands using the coprpo and more, they know when we are not well. One night I came home after work, was very upset, briquei my dog hugged him and sat in the chair of my home office. He always jumped in my lap, this time lay on the floor, some little more than a meter, and looked into my eyes. so for a while I do not remember! I was improving my mood, my heart slowed and he suddenly stood up, went to my lap and hugged ready I was already quite well.

BeeYong Yap
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love the dogs you used. So sweet and attentive!

Frances Lothian
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Humans are not all bad you know. We get this idea that we're supposed to be perfect and then when we're not we think we suck. If you think about animals do all kinds of pretty barbaric stuff - males often kill the young of other males or females kill the male after copulation etc. They do not look after the sick or the dying, most mating is basically rape. We do a lot that is good, and we try all the time to be better. Some of the time what we think will be good turns out not to be and therein lies the problem. I heard of a mother that put honey on her two year old daughter's hand so a bear could lick it off and the bear bit the kid's hand off! That stuff happens. Animals are animals and they do what their instincts tell them to do. We try to escape our instincts. With mixed results.

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They understand us and they still like us? Let science try to explain that!

Noemi Perosillo
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always think that dogs and animals in general are better than humans, very often they are able to understend us even if they can't speak, and they show more love and affection than many people around us!

JoAnne Klein
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At age 79, I've known this for at least 75 years. About every 10 years or so some scientific group claims "proof" of the various capabilities of dogs that we who have grown up with dogs already know.

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