Did you know studies show dogs process the elements of speech very similarly to the way humans do!?
“The study had dogs sit facing two speakers. The researchers then played a recorded short sentence—”Come on, then”—and watched which way the dogs turned. When the animals heard recordings in which individual words were strongly emphasized, they turned to the right—indicating that their left hemispheres were engaged. But when they listened to recordings that had exaggerated intonations, they turned to the left—a sign that the right hemisphere was responding.”
Their findings support the idea that our canine pals are indeed paying close attention not only to who we are and how we say things, but also to what we say!
Do you have a dog?? If so, comment below what breed!
[Ratcliffe, Victoria F., and David Reby. “Orienting asymmetries in dogs’ responses to different communicatory components of human speech.” Current Biology 24.24 (2014): 2908-2912.]
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