“Dogs understand what some human words mean, according to a study published in the prestigious journal Science.

In a world-first experiment, academics in Hungary trained 13 dogs to voluntarily lie in an MRI scanner to monitor what happened in their brain when the researchers spoke to them.

They discovered that dogs’ brains process language in a similar way to humans, with the right side dealing with emotion and the left processing meaning.”

A healthy degree of skepticism is required when reading media reports of scientific research. In some cases research results are spun in order to make them sound more significant, more controversial, more newsworthy, etc. in order to attract more viewers.

In this article the attention-grabbing headline does not match with the explanation in the body of the article. The headline make the research (and the dogs’ language ability) seem more significant than what the scientists actually found.


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