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Dogs process human language very much like we do
New research shows amazing similarities between how dogs and humans hear and understand language.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Have you ever talked to your dog
and sworn that she understod what you were saying?
Don't worry, you're not crazy. New research shows that while dogs can't really speak 'human,' they do process the emotions
and vocalizations of humans very much like we do.
For the study, researchers analyzed both humans and dogs for six-minute intervals while listening to over 200 dog and human sounds
. These ran the gamut from a crying baby
to a playful dog barking.
The resulting study
, published in Current Biology today, found that dog brains have voice-sensitive regions in very similar neurological regions as humans. The findings suggest that while dogs may not understand every word you are saying, they do understand the gist of it just by the listening to the sounds you make and how you make them.
So go ahead, talk to your pup. She more than likely knows just what you're saying.
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