Like you don't already know how your dog loves you. He runs in from the rainstorm and jumps on your bed. Chews up your couch cushions. Poops in your shoe. But in How Dogs Love Us Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns delves a little deeper--MRI machine and brain scan deeper--into the unbreakable bond between the Turners and Hooches out there.
Given his career, Berns clearly wonders what someone is thinking on a pretty regular basis. After adopting Callie, a terrier mix rescue, the question kept falling on her. To the point that man and dog embarked on a journey of intense still-sitting training, technical hurdles, and legal implications to produce the first images and analysis of the inner workings of the canine brain.
If you've ever had an MRI, you know the drill: get in the creepy white chamber and don't. move. Not an easy task for a dog, at least not without drugs or restraints that would impact the readings. So Berns' most challenging task was to train Callie to be completely still for long periods of time, even inside a horrible and foreign machine.
He did it. How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain unpacks the results. How dogs empathize with human emotions, how they care for us, and how our friendships with them are legit. In their minds as much as ours.