New Study Finds That Dogs Can Differentiate Between Languages


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According to a new brain imaging study, dog brains are capable of detecting speech and showing different activity patterns to familiar and unfamiliar languages.

“Some years ago, I moved from Mexico to Hungary to join the Neuroethology of Communication Lab at the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University for my postdoctoral research. My dog, Kun-kun, came with me." says Laura V. Cuaya, first author of the study.

“Before, I had only talked to him in Spanish. So I was wondering whether Kun-kun noticed that people in Budapest spoke a different language, Hungarian. We know that people, even preverbal human infants, notice the difference. But maybe dogs do not bother. After all, we never draw our dogs’ attention to how a specific language sounds. We designed a brain imaging study to find this out."

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