The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that’s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly “man’s best friend.” But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking? After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question—use an MRI machine to scan the dog’s brain. LEARN MORE
Are there breed differences in brain function?
Oct 5, 2014: See us on 60 Minutes!.
Sep 30, 2014: Paper on canine temperament differences published in peerJ.
Sep 1, 2014: Dog Star Technologies receives Phase II STTR contract from DARPA to use fMRI to identify better service dogs.
Jul 31, 2014: How Dogs Loves Us is #8 on the WSJ bestseller list for nonfiction e-books and #8 on the NYT Science bestseller list!
Watch the Dog Project on NOVA Apr. 16, 2014!
“Dogs Are People, Too,” an Op-Ed piece by Dr. Berns appeared in The New York Times. Read the article.
Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D., is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience and the Center for Neuropolicy. He uses MRI to study human and canine decision making.