Dogs Have Feelings Too, College Professor Claims

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_232e69c31c.jpgJanie Airey/Thinkstock (ATLANTA) -- To many humans, dogs always seem to be just either hungry or sleepy.  But a professor of neuroeconomics at Atlanta’s Emory University is convinced that dogs are capable of human-like feelings. Gregory Berns’ initial mission was to see how the brain of a dog works in order to determine what man’s best friend thinks about.

With the assistance of a dog trainer, Berns managed to get his black terrier Callie to sit still long enough to take an MRI scan of the dog’s brain.  He noticed that the brain activity in Callie’s caudate nucleus increased at the sight of hand signals indicating food as well as the smell of humans.

While this finding doesn’t necessarily mean that dogs feel affection for us, it does suggest that the same things that activate a human’s caudate nucleus do so in dogs. Therefore, dogs seem to experience some kind of positive emotions and Berns believes this could eventually lead to laws that call for better treatment for animals.

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