Did you know that humans have at least three face-processing regions of the brain, an important trait for any social animal?

A new study is showing dogs have a certain spot in their brains for human face recognition. Researchers trained six dogs to enter an MRI and remain motionless while their brains were scanned and videos of objects and faces were shown. It was noted that an area of the brain, now known as “the dog face area,” showed much more activity when shown human and dog faces than inanimate objects.

This, in my opinion, validates the tears I shed for those super happy dogs that see their owners return from deployment abroad! Let’s thank the six canines in this study for their discipline and help in understanding socialization, understanding which can help better treat separation anxiety and advance therapy dog programs.

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