The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that's uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly "man's best friend." But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking?
After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question - use an MRI machine to scan the dog's brain. His colleagues dismissed the idea. Everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. But if the military could train dogs to operate calmly in some of the most challenging environments, surely there must be a way to train dogs to sit in an MRI scanner.
With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns's research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.
How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.
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I bought this book to learn 'how dogs love us' and still feel this was left very much unanswered. It should have another title, such as 'The history of me -- a scientist -- and how I came to eventually do MRIs on some dogs -- the blow-by-blow account, including weather reports' or 'How scientists can digress to meet a word count target'.
There are twenty-odd chapters of the hows, whys, whens, wheres, whats, whos and the final couple of chapters touch on what may be results of the tests.
It could be of interest to anyone wanting to understand MRI imaging or a nosey acquaintance wanting to get a glimpse of the author's personal relationships with family/dogs, but if you want to know how dogs love us, you won't find too many answers here.
I would not buy a book by this author again.
The narrator did a great job. His voice was easy to listen to and not the kind that makes your mind switch off (like some others can).
Anger, frustration, wasted my money.
Author seems like a nice person which is why this is getting two stars instead of one.
Very interesting experiment, and through this an insight into just a small part of how dogs think.
For the number of listening hours and words spent, it would be nice to have more information about the experiement and what it revealed. Much time was spent on the personal context of the scientist. I was expecting more focus on the inquiry and the conclusions that came from the work.
Performance was quite sincere. Though the reader's imitation of how the scientist spoke to the dog, or how the daughter spoke to the father, were a bit distracting.
While not ideal, still worth listening to.
Not what I was expecting. First half waffles. Still none the wiser after finishing. This book doesn't really say how a dog loves people, other than by observing their every move.
"took a while to get going"
there is a lot of information about how they did the study but to get to the meat of the story you had to get to chapter 20...seems too long to wait to get to the point to me.
I love dog stories, but I expected some science from the title, and frankly I still don't know "how dogs love us". The majority of the book was how they got the dogs to go into the scanner.
"Very slow going"
I am at chapter 9 of the book and we have yet to get to any actual findings. The details of the academic legal bureaucracy are not interesting. Somehow I suspect the publisher encouraged this buildup, but I just want to skip ahead to the science or findings that I hope will materialize. If this were a real book, I would have skipped ahead and be done by now.
Cut out a significant level of detail.
Yes. I could see this happening, but I wouldn't advise anyone to be in it.
The extremely poor overdubbing of one of the author's dogs' name is distracting and annoying.
"Where is the information?"
This book totally lacked substance. Misleading in title and description. The majority of the weak story was about preparing for and testing. After hours of listening it sounded as if the story was finally getting to the topic expected and there was less than 20 minutes left of the book. Very disappointing.
The reality of research spending a lot of time thinking you are making head way to answer your hypothesis, so you push to get the answer only to find that answer elusive. For me this book was disappointing, having had a career in clincal medicine research, I could appreciate the work, however, the title is misleading. This is dry clincical read. Too much like reading articles in medical journals. Entertaining it was not.
"waste of time"
This book spent all its time explaining how they were able to get a dog's head into an MRI scanner, but I never learned how dogs love us. I gave up on listening 1/2 way through this book because it was filled with information about operating an MRI, but did not address the issue of how dogs love us
"Way too technical"
The book never told us how dogs love us. It explained over and over how awake dogs were used to map the canine brain.
He wrote the book he set out to write. The title does not explain what the book is about.
I want authors to be clear about their intentions and subject matter.
"Very scientific but very interesting"
I love the passion the author has for his dogs and the passion for science. Only true dog people, not to be mistaken with dog owners, would understand why he did what he did.
As a RN with 5 years of Neurology experience, it was easy. I am sure that if you know nothing about radiology or neuroscience, it will be a little hard to follow.
I know that because my husband was a little (a lot) lost.
Kelly chasing the ducks by the river and when she cuddled with the author (awwwww).
I would not make a film about this book. Unless the movie was for Vet, Radiology or Neuroscience students.
If you are not into medical terminology and scientific studies, skip to chapter 23. Before that, the content is 90% study. VERY INTERESTING but, if you are looking for a mushy confy book, skip to chapter 24.
it must be said that this is an interesting book, and it does render some insight into the similarities--and dissimilarities--of animal neurology to our own. It should be read along with Temple Grandin's Animals Make Us Human and anything by Marc Beckoff, especially his The Emotional Lives Of Animals... Now, that said, know that the author is coming in from the point of view of neurology, and he does some question begging, particularly in regard to the assumption that neurology can "find" emotions--let alone love! Sure we can see that areas of the brain are at work at certain times--dogs feel pleasure when we pet them or show them affection--and it is beyond a doubt that animals have emotions. But to make the assertion that their much less developed brains have the same complicated feelings and thoughts that we call "love" is a mighty big leap. As animals have much less frontal cortex than we do and function much more out of the limbic system, I figure it one of two ways: 1) animals cannot contemplate their emotions the same as we do, and thus cannot feel something we call "love" OR 2) since animals can't rationalize their emotions or override them as easily as we do, they actually feel MORE DEEPLY than a human can. Now, which it is is anyone's guess, but an MRI alone is not going to do it. Enjoy this book. There is some very valuable science and some real insight here, but do take its final assumptions with a grain of kibble.
"Mistitled, academic, uninformative"
This book's title should be, "All About my Experiment and ME!"
I bought this book expecting to learn a lot about how dogs think, how they think about their humans, and other general information as to the current scientific understandings of dog psychology.
What I got, was 22 chapters before the author even begin to hint at anything having to do with revealing something I might not already know about my dog. Instead of informative science news about mutt mentality, this was mostly a long trudge through arcane academic arcania about how this guy's experiment was put together, a lot about him, himself, his family, his dogs, his staff, and he, him, and his,
Since I bought this listen for a road trip with my wife and my dog, we listened through to the end, and got very little for our investment in time and patience. If you are looking for a book about the fine details of one particular science experiment, then this is for you. If you were looking for a book which will reveal new information about science's understanding of canine thinking, then you will find very thin gruel in this book.
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