Into the Mind of Human’s Best Friend: Using fMRI to Study Canine Cognition

Many secrets are locked inside the brain, including fundamental questions of how individuals perceive the world. Some researchers are seeking answers by mapping brain activity in response to stimuli. This work typically involves human subjects, but certain scientists are branching out to understand the minds of other animals. Niki Spahich from The Scientist’s Creative Services team spoke with Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University who scans the brains of dogs trained to enter MRI machines, to learn more.

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    Gregory Berns, MD, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics
    Director, Center for Neuropolicy
    Professor, Psychology
    Emory University

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