A new study conducted by the researchers from Hungary’s Eötvös Loránd University has proven that dogs can not only understand human vocabulary, but intonation as well.
What this means is that the age old perception between dog owners, of their dogs being able to understand what they are saying has actually been proven correct for the first time.
This revelation has certainly added to the impressive list of characteristics that we already associate with our canine friends, such as their ability to Diagnose Diseases.
While most owners would claim that they don’t need any proof to know that this was already true, the scientific process can’t rely on faith.
So, in order to effectively prove this hypothesis, the researchers used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study the brains of the animals during testing.
This test was conducted to see how canine brains react to voices. To make this test possible, the dogs were trained to lie motionless in an MRI scanner for several minutes at a time.
During this time, the team measured the brain activity of the animals in response to when their trainers spoke to them, in different tones and with different words.
The words and phrases were carefully selected so that the researchers could get a sample of both neutral and praising tones and how they registered in the brains of the animals.
It was found that the animals were able to recognize distinct words and their meaning with the help of the left hemisphere of the brain. The intonation on the other hand is dealt by the right hemisphere of the brain.
Through this, they were able to prove that the animals not only understood what was being said to them, but could also understand the meaning behind it.
Now that it’s clear that dogs can actually understand us, maybe we won’t feel so stupid yelling at them the next time they decide to destroy something around the house.