For us dog lovers the latest research to come from the professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, Atlanta is nothing we didn’t already believe. Gregory Berns has discovered that dogs have emotion, just like humans and he has backed up his claims with results from MRI scans on his dog’s brain. He discovered that dogs use the same part of the brain as humans to ‘feel’ with a striking similarity between dogs and humans in both the structure and function of a key brain region: the caudate nucleus.
Talking of his findings Gregory explains, ‘Do these findings prove that dogs love us? Not quite. But many of the same things that activate the human caudate, which are associated with positive emotions, also activate the dog caudate.’