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IN Animals ON 28 Dec, 2015
Of all the animals that man has ever befriended, or even tried to, dogs seem to have had the longest relationship with us. Many people in the world love dogs, and almost all the dogs love us back too. You must have often wondered what it is exactly that goes on in the heads of these lovable creatures, and up until now, it was quite right to call this wonderment an impossible wish. But the case remains not so anymore! Scroll down to know why!
Recent advancements in brain imaging technology have opened gates for dog brains to be imaged and to find out to a great extent what exactly is going on in their heads! And this has helped research on the dog-man relationship. Many dog lovers believe that their dog loves them back. Well, from what research reveals, they don't just love them back - they see them as their family! In fact, they rely more on humans than on their very own kind!
MRIs have revealed a lot more on how dogs have come to be such a great friend of man. It has been found that there are similarities in the way dogs' and humans' brains process emotionally laden vocal sounds. "It's very interesting to understand the tool kit that helps such successful vocal communication between two species," says Attila Andics, a neuroscientist. "We didn't need neuroimaging to see that communication works [between dogs and people], but without it, we didn't understand why it works. Now we're really starting to."
Behavior research says that dogs interact with their human caregivers in almost the exactly same way babies do with their parents. For example, a dog runs to his owner when scared or worried, just as a distressed child would make a run for his/her parents. The case with other animals is totally opposite! Petrified cats and horses, will run away in such a situation of distress.
Dogs are the only species of non-primate animals to seek direct eye contact with humans. But they don't do the same even with their own biological parents! This is truly a sign of how much they love to bond with humans, and how they truly see us as more of a family than their own species, isn't it?