Are Dogs More Human Than We Realize?

NS faculty member, Dr. Greg Berns, was featured on the CBS This Morning show and the CBC The Current show for his research on what dogs think and his new book "How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain."

A neuroscientist comes to a startling conclusion: Dogs are people too.

Most people lack the patience to train Fido to roll-over and play dead. But neuroscientist Gregory Berns convinced his dog, Callie, to happily sit still in a M.R.I. scanner. He got such an unexpected image of the dog's active brain, it made Dr. Berns' brain more active as well. He's gone on to train and test a dozen dogs to be good test subjects.

Dr. Berns' conclusion after doing this work: Dogs are people too. They show signs suggesting they may experience positive emotions such as love and attachment... and could have a level of awareness similar to a child's.