Dogs Have Specialized Region In Brain To Recognize Human Faces

by Shirley Johanna on  August 7, 2015 at 7:57 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Dogs have a dedicated area in the brain for processing faces to give social signals and make them highly truthful and devoted animals, says a new study.
Dogs Have Specialized Region In Brain To Recognize Human Faces
Dogs Have Specialized Region In Brain To Recognize Human Faces

Just like humans, dogs have an inborn talent of processing human faces, which was not documented before. That is how a dog can recognize its own mater at one shot.

"Our findings show that dogs have an innate way to process faces in their brains, a quality that has previously only been well-documented in humans and other primates," said Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and the senior author of the study.

For the study the dogs were first trained to voluntarily enter a functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and remain motionless without moving, without sedation. The dogs were also trained to learn to pay attention to the screen.

The researchers focused on how dogs respond to faces versus everyday objects.

The dogs viewed static images and video images on a screen while undergoing fMRI. A region in the dog's temporal lobe reacted more to the video images of human faces than other objects.

"Dogs are obviously highly social animal. So it makes sense that they would respond to faces. We wanted to know whether that response is learned or innate," said Berns.

Source: Medindia

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

Related Links

More News on:

Parkinsons Disease Parkinsons Disease Surgical Treatment Brain Brain Facts Ataxia Language Areas in The Brain Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive