Ever wonder what dogs dream about? Or why they respond to our facial expressions and signals? Researchers are very curious to understand their perspective, so they have started to perform fMRIs on these loyal pals of ours. Just being able to know how dog’s think and what’s on their minds daily would be eye-opening. Here at your local Used Nissan Dealer Marlborough, we have always been so curious about what dogs think of and how they interpret our reactions; as do many others, too!
Scientists at PLoS ONE have captured images of dog’s brains that weren’t sedated. The dogs were trained to sit still by using hand signals that showed a treat would be given or not. When the dogs saw the treat signal, a region in the brain that is associated with rewards in humans showed activity. When the no treat signal was given, there was no brain activity. One of the dogs that was given the test was used in the SEAL team to capture Osama Bin Laden. Both dogs had a history of obedience and a well-trained lifestyle that benefited the whole project.
This study opens many doors to find out more information in dog’s minds. There is a connection between humans and dogs that we need to research more on. A man’s best friend has a lot more correlation with us than we think. Possibly even roots in the human evolution?