Dogs Understand Words and Intonation of Human Speech, says new research

0
342
Dogs Understand Words and Intonation of Human Speech, says new research
Dogs Understand Words and Intonation of Human Speech, says new research

Dogs can both understand and differentiate between human words and intonations, a study set to be published in the journal Science reports.

Researchers in Hungary have investigated and recorded the brain activity of dogs, confirming that they not only understand the words we speak, but also how we say them.

The new research, published in the journal Science and led by Attila Andics, a research fellow at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, reports that dogs can distinguish words and the intonation of human speech much as humans do.

READ  Mars rock formation has explosive explanation, says new study

For the study, dogs were exposed to recordings of their trainers’ voices, who spoke to them with a range of vocabulary and intonation, in both praising and neutral ways. Andics and his colleagues then analyzed the canines’ brain activity using an fMRI scanner, revealing that they could recognize each word as distinct, as well as the way it was said. The positive words spoken in a positive tone prompted the strongest activity in the brain’s reward centers.

READ  Wombat mystery solved: Georgia Scientists Solve Its Pooping Mystery

This study is the first of its kind to investigate how dogs’ brains process speech.

READ  Astronauts Traveling to Mars At Risk of 'Space Brain,' finds new research

Christopher B. Taub

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.