Intrepid dog scientists in Hungary trained 13 dogs to climb inside of MRI machines and sit still whilst the researchers spoke to them. The researchers talked to the dogs applying a range of words and intonations-some positive words with positive intonation, some gibberish words with a positive tone, and some positive words with no inflection at almost all.
They found that the canines’ left hemisphere selected upon the meaning of the words, irrespective of the intonation, associating words with positive or negative encounters. That’s mostly the same way humans respond to speech, too.
“It shows that for dogs, nice praise can extremely well work as a reward, but it works best if both equally words and intonation match,” the study’s head, wrote in a declaration. “So dogs not just tell aside what we say and how we say it, but they can also incorporate the two, for a correct meaning of what those words meant.”
The new results show that probably your dog isn’t just a furry hostage that secretly hates you-it’s just pissed because it heard you talking about the vet.