Dogs in (K) Space
The goal of The Dog Project is to use fMRI to decode the dog-human relationship from the dog’s perspective. We hope to learn what a dog is really thinking. [via]
While in the scanner, they gave the dog a visual cue, a hand signal for hotdog treat, and his little caudate showed activity…in human brains, this means we are expecting something good to happen. I mean, sure that’s neat. And to see if they experience empathy for others? Alright. I get it.
Unrelated FYI, it’s about $1000 smackers per participant to run a scan for a human study, and that’s if you have a good relationship going with whatever institution has the scanner. I’m restraining all my bitter comments about funding, and there’s no treat for that.