- The scientists analyzed the brain activity of the dogs while people were talking around them.
- Dogs Showed Increased Brain Sensitivity When Women Talked To Them
They’re often described as “man’s best friend,” but a new study suggests that perhaps we should start calling dogs “woman’s best friend.”
Research has revealed that dogs listen more to women than to men.
A team from Eötvös Loránd University used fMRI scanners to analyze the brains of dogs while people were talking around them.
They found that the pups showed increased brain sensitivity to speech directed at them, especially if it was spoken by women.
The increased sensitivity of the ‘dog brain’ to female-specific dog-directed speech may be due to the fact that women more often speak to dogs with exaggerated prosody than men,” said Anna Gábor, co-first author of the study. .
They’re often described as “man’s best friend,” but a new study suggests maybe we should start calling dogs “woman’s best friend” (stock imgae)
In the study, the team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the brain activity of the family dogs. During the scans, the dogs listened to recordings of baby and adult dog-directed speech from 12 females and 12 males.
When we communicate with babies and dogs, we tend to speak in an exaggerated tone to get their attention.
Previous research has revealed that babies’ brains are attuned to this style of speech.
However, until now, scientists have not tested whether the brains of dogs are also sensitive to the way we talk to them.
“Studying how the dog brain processes dog-directed speech is exciting, because it may help us understand how exaggerated prosody contributes to efficient speech processing in a non-human species capable of relying on different speech signals (for example, following verbal commands),” said Anna Gergely, co-first author of the study.
In the study, the team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to measure the brain activity of the family dogs.
During the scans, the dogs listened to recordings of baby and adult dog-directed speech from 12 females and 12 males.
The results revealed that the dogs’ brains responded more to dog- and baby-directed speech than adult-directed speech.
This effect was even more pronounced when the speaker was a woman.
According to the researchers, this suggests that dogs respond better to high-pitched voices.
“What makes this result especially interesting is that in dogs, unlike babies, this sensitivity cannot be explained either by ancient responsiveness to specific cues or by intrauterine exposure to women’s voices.” stated Dr. Gergely.
“Surprisingly, the tone-of-voice patterns that characterize female dog-directed speech are not normally used in dog-to-dog communication.
“Therefore, our results may serve as evidence of a neural preference that dogs developed during their domestication.”
WHAT ARE THE TEN COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DOGS?
It’s easy to believe that dogs like what we like, but this isn’t always strictly true.
Here are ten things people should remember when trying to understand their pets, according to animal behavior experts Dr. Melissa Starling and Dr. Paul McGreevy of the University of Sydney.
1. Dogs don’t like to share.
2. Not all dogs like to be hugged or petted.
3. A barking dog is not always an aggressive dog.
4. Dogs don’t like other dogs entering their territory/home.
5. Dogs like to be active and don’t need as much downtime as humans.
6. Not all dogs are overly friendly, some are more shy at first.
7. A dog that seems friendly can soon become aggressive.
8. Dogs need open spaces and new areas to explore. Playing in the garden will not always be enough
9. Sometimes a dog doesn’t misbehave, it just doesn’t understand what to do or what you want.
10. Subtle facial cues often prevent barking or biting when a dog is unhappy.