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What Our Dogs are Thinking

Season 2 - Episode 2 What Our Dogs are Thinking

  • 26 mins
  • Aired September 16, 2020

Internationally-acclaimed animal neuroscientist, Dr. Greg Berns and team were the first in the world to train and scan the brains of awake dogs in a MRI scanner to learn more about how they think and feel.

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An Unusual Tryout

3 mins

Dr. Berns holds tryouts for dogs to see who will be able to participate in MRI research to help him learn more about what dogs are really thinking.

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At Home with Dr. Berns

5 mins

An MRI simulator in the basement of Dr. Berns’ home led to the creation of “The Dog Project,” a research project to understand how the dog mind actually works.

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What has been Learned from Dog Neuroscience?

7 mins

Dr. Berns’ discusses making the switch from human neuroscience to dog neuroscience and what has been learned.

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Training for the MRI

2 mins

This episode explores the techniques used to train dogs before conducting the MRI – with the dog receiving either food or praise.

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Canine CellMates

3 mins

Learn about Atlanta-based nonprofit Canine Cellmates. This powerful program helps transforms the lives of inmates and dogs.

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MRI Results Revealed

3 mins

A dog’s MRI results are reviewed and shows that its brain is more active for the prospect of praise than the prospect of food.