MRI on awake dogs measures canine response to humans

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Researchers at the Emory University Center for Neuropolicy trained two dogs to stand completely still while inside an MRI scanner and then imaged the dogs’ brains while they responded to human hand signals about treats. The researchers found activity in the caudate area of the brain when the dogs were given a signal indicating they would receive a treat. Additional study could provide insights into the human-canine bond and even human evolution.

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