GREGORY BERNS M.D. / Ph.D.
What is it like to be a bat? A dolphin? A Tasmanian devil? For centuries, philosophers and scientists have dismissed these questions as unanswerable. After all, humans can't fly like a bat or swim and echolocate like a dolphin, or smell the world like a dog. The experiences of other animals have seemed to be walled off from humans.
With technological advances in MRI, we are studying the brains of animals like dolphins and mapping how their brains process sound. We have also studied seals and sea lions and how ecotoxins are damaging their brains. We are also reconstructing the brains and minds of extinct animals like the mysterious Tasmanian tiger and its closest living relative, the Tasmanian devil.
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