Charlotte Talks: Inside The Minds Of Dogs
Brain research isn’t just for humans. Dr. Gregory Berns has been using it to get inside the minds of dogs.
Getting inside the mind of a dog is Gregory Burns’ focus of research. For five years, Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, has pioneered the use of fMRI technology as a window into canine cognition. He is also a NS faculty member.
What has he learned? That our dogs really love us, and not just because we feed them. They not only experience emotions, but their emotional process is similar to humans’. Dogs, he says, are people, too.
Berns hopes his research, which is outlined in his latest book, What It’s Like to Be a Dog, will change the way we think about dogs, and recognize their rights - a concept that Berns acknowledges is a long way off.