Basic Books

(September 5, 2017)

320 pages

ISBN: 978-0465096244



What It's Like to Be a Dog

Do dogs experience emotions like people do?

To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Gregory Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner—completely awake—so he could figure out what they think and feel.


But dogs were just the beginning. In What It’s Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience, Berns takes us into the brains and minds of wild animals: sea lions who can learn to dance, and dolphins who can see with sound. In a radical experiment in neuroarchaeology, he reconstructs the brain of one of the most mysterious animals in recent history, the Tasmanian

tiger, to explain why it disappeared.


Berns’s latest scientific breakthroughs show how similar animal brains are to those of humans and make clear that we can understand what it’s like to be a dog— or a dolphin. He proves definitively that animals have feelings very much like we do—a revelation which forces us to reconsider what animal rights ought to be.


Written with insight, empathy, and humor, What It’s Like to Be a Dog heralds a new world, one in which complex intelligence is all around us. It is the new manifesto for animal liberation of the twenty-first century.

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

Praise from Dr. Temple Grandin, John Brandshaw, and Frans de Waal

“A fascinating journey toward an understanding of what dogs—and their mammalian cousins—might be thinking about us.”

John Bradshaw

“Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this

important book.”

Dr. Temple Grandin

“Gregory Berns is boldly going where no one has gone before, offering a lively, eye-opening peek into his neuroscience kitchen.”

Frans de Waal

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