Neuroscientist Gregory Berns: ‘Studying dogs is way more enjoyable than studying humans’

By: Nicola Davis | Neuroscientist Gregory Berns: ‘Studying dogs is way more enjoyable than studying humans’ | Neuroscience | The Guardian

The US researcher on exploring the bond between dogs and humans and why animal testing needs to be questioned

Gregory Berns is a distinguished professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His current work involves taking brain scans of dogs to probe what goes on between canine ears, as well as using scanning techniques to probe the connections within brains of dead animals, including the extinct Tasmanian tiger, the thylacine.

In your new book, you say a dog’s brain is about the size of a lemon…
That’s probably for a medium-size dog, like a labrador. Bigger dogs generally have bigger brains, so obviously you are not going to get a lemon inside a chihuahua’s head.

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