A recent research conducted by Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, has revealed that dogs have emotions and feelings just like humans because they also use the same part of the brain that humans do to experience emotions.
Berns had conducted several MRI scans on dogs which were trained to sit still during the process and he found that dogs use caudate nucleus part of the brain when responding to humans they are familiar with.
According to him, dogs emote like a human child. This should give us an insight on the feelings of dogs and alter the way we treat them.
'Do these findings prove that dogs love us? Not quite. But many of the same things that activate the human caudate, which are associated with positive emotions, also activate the dog caudate,' said Berns.