Research Shows Dogs Really Do Understand Humans
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Researchers at a university in Hungary say there is truth to what many dog owners always believed.
Dogs do understand what humans say.
The researchers made images of the brains of 13 dogs using a machine that records brain activity.
The dogs were trained to lie down in the machine for seven minutes. During that time, they listened through headphones to their trainers' voices.
Dog owners may think the news is not surprising. But scientists are impressed.
Brian Hare is a professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. He called one of the findings a "shocker."
The brain imaging showed dogs processed words using the left side of their brains, just as humans do. They use the right side of their brains to understand tone and pitch.
The study showed dogs understand words and how they are said. Meaningful words said in a neutral way did not have the same effect as the same words said in an encouraging way.
Attila Andics was the lead researcher on the project.
"Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it," he said.
Researchers say they think dogs are tuned in to what people say because dogs have lived with people for a long time.
Andics said he thinks other animals probably can understand human language like dogs do. But those animals are not very interested in what humans have to say.
People reacted to the story on Facebook and Twitter. They said they always knew their pets could understand them. And they were happy to see scientific support for what they experienced every day.
One reader from Virginia said she thought her dog could probably read her mind, too.
Someone in California joked that he always knew his dog ignored him.
And Greg Matos in Boston called the study "fascinating!"
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1.brain activity 大脑活动
The patient's brain activity is monitored via electrodes taped to the skull.
2.lead researcher 首席研究眼
The lead researcher in the study said the results were beyond anything he expected.
3.care about 关心
I don't care about the matter.
4.the same effect as... 与...效果一样
These rules may have the same effect as a law passed by the legislature.
1.The dogs were trained to lie down in the machine for seven minutes.
lie down 躺下
I should lie down for a bit, if I were you.
Let's lie down for a rest.
2.One reader from Virginia said she thought her dog could probably read her mind, too.
read sb's mind 关注
Don't expect others to read your mind.
You can read my mind.
训练员让狗躺在机器下静待7分钟 。在此期间，他们通过耳机听到训练员的声音 。
养宠物的人或许觉得这消息没什么出奇 。但是科学家们却印象深刻 。
布莱恩·黑尔（Brian Hare）是美国杜克大学进化人类学教授 。他称其中一项调查结果“令人震惊” 。
大脑活动图像显示，狗与人类一样用左脑处理语言 。用右脑来分别语气和音调 。
研究表明，狗能理解人们的语言以及说话的语气 。同样一句话，不带任何感情色彩与用称赞语调的效果是完全不同的 。
阿提拉·安蒂克斯（Attila Andics）是该研究的首席研究员 。
安蒂克斯认为，也许其它动物也能像狗一样听懂人类语言 。只是这些动物对人类语言不感兴趣而已 。
Facebook和Twitter用户纷纷对该新闻发表看法 。他们称一直都知晓宠物能够听懂人话 。他们很高兴看到日常经历的事情有了科学依据 。