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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area" 139

sciencehabit writes "When you hear a friend's voice, you immediately picture her, even if you can't see her. And from the tone of her speech, you quickly gauge if she's happy or sad. You can do all of this because your human brain has a 'voice area.' Now, scientists using brain scanners and a crew of eager dogs have discovered that dog brains, too, have dedicated voice areas. The finding helps explain how canines can be so attuned to their owners' feelings."
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20, 2014 @09:05PM (#46300791)

    Of course this area of the brain is missing in CEO's and political pundits..

  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @09:12PM (#46300823) Journal

    Here is an example conversation:

    Me: "What's on top of the house?"

    Dog: "Roof!"

    Me: "Who's the most famous baseball player?"

    Dog: "Ruth!"

    Me: "How does sand-paper feel?"

    Dog: "Rough!"

    3 out 3!

  • wow (Score:4, Funny)

    by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @09:21PM (#46300885) Homepage

    so human
    much voice like
    many feelings
    very dedicated

  • by Frohboy ( 78614 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @10:06PM (#46301149)

    I personally prefer the version where a guy is showing his friend his new talking dog.

    New dog owner: Hey Sparky, what's on top of the house?
    Sparky: Roof!

    New dog owner: Hey Sparky, how does sandpaper feel?
    Sparky: Rough!

    New dog owner: Hey Sparky, who was the best baseball player of all time?
    Sparky: Ruth!

    Friend: Come on, you expect me to believe this bullshit?

    Sparky: What? You think I should have gone with DiMaggio?

  • also (Score:5, Funny)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @10:08PM (#46301167)

    My dogs "fart area" of the brain is very similar to a humans.

  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Friday February 21, 2014 @02:33AM (#46302009) Homepage

    What about sheep?

    This is a family oriented web site. Take your perversions over to /b/.

  • by slampman ( 301381 ) * on Friday February 21, 2014 @01:31PM (#46304755)

    Guy is walking down the street and he sees a sign in the window of a house: For sale: talking dog.

    Guy thinks to himself, "yeah, right," but he's intrigued, so he knocks.

    A man answers the door, "yeah?"

    "Your sign says you have a talking dog for sale?


    "Really. Can I see him?"

    Gesturing to the sliding glass door at the back of the room, "yeah, he's out the back. Go ahead."

    Guy walks out the patio door and sure enough, there's a big Labrador sitting in the back yard. Guy says, "hey, boy.."

    Dog says "pleased to meet you.

    Guy, taken aback, stammers.. "you.. you really can talk?

    Dog says "yup. I can talk."

    Guy is floored. "What the hell! How did this happen? How did you, a talking dog, come to be here?"

    The dog explains, "well, I knew I was different from the time I was a puppy. I had this gift of speech and I felt I had to use it for good. I contacted the government and they placed me with the CIA as a deep mole. I did some very dangerous work for years, and it came time I needed to get out. So they transferred me to the TSA and I did some eavesdropping and terrorist-sniffing in our nation's airports. Now, being older, I knew it was time to settle down, so I retired, met a nice chocolate lab bitch, and we have six beautiful puppies."

    The guy is amazed and thrilled. He runs back into the house, "that dog is amazing! How much do you want for him?"

    "Ten dollars."

    "Ten dollars?? For that amazing dog? But.. why? Why so cheap?"

    "Why so cheap? That dog is a fucking liar. He never did any of that shit."

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