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- DescriptionEmory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using imaging techlogy to study how the human brain works. That changed when he and his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, who inspired Berns to tackle the question: 'What is my dog thinking?' Berns learned that military working dogs operate calmly in the most challenging environments, leading to a radical tion: Would it be possible to train dogs to hold completely still in an MRI scanner? If so, it might be possible to see how the canine brain actually works. Berns's colleagues dismissed the idea; everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. Berns refused to do either -- instead, he painstakingly trained the dogs to sit still, even though it meant overcoming many administrative, technical, legal, and behavioural hurdles. The initial findings offer tantalising evidence on how dogs empathise with human emotions, how they love us, and why being the 'pack leader' with your dogs, as some experts suggest, is a mistake.
- Author BiographyGregory Berns, MD, PhD, is the distinguished professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University. Dr Berns's research is frequently the subject of popular media coverage, including articles in 'The New York Times' and 'The Wall Street Journal'.
- Author(s)Gregory Berns
- PublisherScribe Publications
- Date of Publication20/11/2013
- SubjectPets & Equine
- Place of PublicationCarlton North
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintScribe Publications
- Weight290 g
- Width138 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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