What goes on in your dog’s brain

Learning to communicate with animals was once the stuff of fairytales, but recent research has begun to uncover the secrets to animal thoughts and why they behave the way they do.

Hungarian researchers have found that dog brains react to voices in the same way as a human brain, and emotional sounds like crying and laughing stimulated the same area of the brain as they do in humans. This means that dogs recognise when humans are experiencing extreme emotion, and it’s their reaction to those stimuli that’s most amazing.

In a UK study of empathy in dogs, the animals were exposed to people feigning a variety of emotions. Over 80 per-cent of the dogs involved sought out the people in distress, suggesting that a dog’s natural reaction is to help others in trouble.

 

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