Science Knows Why Dogs Became Man’s Best Friend

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Canines are hard-wired to recognise human faces and pick up on emotions

Turns out, your dog is your best friend for a very good reason. Our doggie pals have a special area in their brains for processing human and dog faces.

Scientists used an MRI scanner to test canines on their facial recognition and temporal lobe responses. This ability explains why dogs are so good at picking up on human’s social cues and moods.

Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, where the research was conducted, said “Our findings show that dogs have an innate way to process faces in their brains, a quality that has previously only been well-documented in humans and other primates.”

The researchers believe that this ability was hard-wired into dogs through evolution.

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