Awake fMRI Reveals Brain Regions for Novel Word Detection in Dogs

  title={Awake fMRI Reveals Brain Regions for Novel Word Detection in Dogs},
  author={Ashley Prichard and Peter F Cook and Mark Spivak and Raveena Chhibber and Gregory S. Berns},
  journal={Frontiers in Neuroscience},
How do dogs understand human words? At a basic level, understanding would require the discrimination of words from non-words. To determine the mechanisms of such a discrimination, we trained 12 dogs to retrieve two objects based on object names, then probed the neural basis for these auditory discriminations using awake-fMRI. We compared the neural response to these trained words relative to “oddball” pseudowords the dogs had not heard before. Consistent with novelty detection, we found greater… 
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