Study: Dogs Recognize Human Speech, Tone

A recent experiment performed MRI scans on dogs as their trainers praised them and found the reward centers in dogs’ brains would light up only if the trainers spoke recognizable praise words and said them in a bright tone, meaning dogs process speech in a multifaceted way previously believed unique to humans. What do you think?

“So they’re deliberately misbehaving. I knew it.”

Chandler Moore • Junior Chaplain


“Dogs recognize speech. Monkeys use tools. It’s like there’s nothing just for humans anymore.”

Barb Coffey • Allergy Expert

“You mean I spent hundreds on an invisible fence and I could’ve just said ‘hey, don’t leave the yard’?”

Bryce Simmons • Rebuttal Writer

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