This adorable pup has an answer for every question, but how much do most dogs really understand when humans speak?
While it’s accepted that dogs are very perceptive regarding the tone and inflections of the human voice, little was known about how they process the actual words being said. Now, a recent study observed canine brain activity and found that they use one part of their brains for processing information and one for emotional cues.
In the study, speakers were placed on either side of the dogs’ heads and played a command from both speakers. The commands were then manipulated to remove either inflections or intelligible words. When only the emotional cues were left, most dogs turned left, and vice versa for emotionless words.
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