How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido’s Brain : Shots – Health News : NPR

A paw on the leg. A nose nuzzling against your arm. Maybe even a hop onto your lap.

Dogs always seem to know when you’re upset and need extra love, even though they hardly understand a word of what you say. How can that be?

Dogs were happy to go into the brain scanner when they saw more experienced dogs sitting quietly in the machines.

Dogs were happy to go into the brain scanner when they saw more experienced dogs sitting quietly in the machines.

Courtesy of Eniko Kubinyi

Our four-legged friends have a little patch of their brain devoted to deciphering emotions in human and dog voices, scientists Thursday in the journal Current Biology.

via How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found In Fido’s Brain : Shots – Health News : NPR.

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