A new study finds that dogs process language similar to people.
Meaningful words for dogs such as “good boy” activate the dog’s left side of the brain regardless of the tone. The dog’s right side of the brain on the other hand responds to intonation, Science reports
Similarly, humans process word meanings in the brain’s left hemisphere and intonation in the right hemisphere.
Attila Andics, a neuroscientist from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest said that dogs make the ideal subjects for tests in understanding speech processing due to their close connection with humans.
“Humans use words towards dogs in their everyday, normal communication, and dogs pay attention to this speech in a way that cats and hamsters don’t.When we want to understand how an animal processes speech, it’s important that speech be relevant,” Andics said.
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