New research at Emory University may be able to provide that information. Researchers Andrew Brooks, Gregory Berns, and Mark Spivak have been studying the brains of dogs using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRIs). What is unique about this work is they have been able to train two dogs, Callie and McKenzie, to enter a fMRI machine and sit still, eliminating the need for anesthesia. Through this mechanism, they hope to study the activity in their brains as the animals hear commands or see stimuli in an effort to unravel what they are really thinking.


  1. #1 Barb
    May 15, 2012

    I want to see if the dog thinking is related to dog smiling in a way that is similar to humans. Golden retrievers are well known smilers.

  2. #2 Cynthisa
    May 16, 2012

    LOL — Great excuse to be able to bring your dog to work with you!!!
    That little black terrier (Callie?) is SUCH a cutie.
    Look forward to following this fascinating research.