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How Dogs Love Us Audiobook

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

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Publisher's Summary

The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that’s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly “man’s best friend.” But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking?

After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question - use an MRI machine to scan the dog’s brain. His colleagues dismissed the idea. Everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. But if the military could train dogs to operate calmly in some of the most challenging environments, surely there must be a way to train dogs to sit in an MRI scanner.

With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns’s research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

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What the Critics Say

“This book’s abundant appeal and value come from following Berns through the challenges of constructing the experiment and especially of training his dog to participate. ‘Like a catcher and pitcher,’ he writes, he and his dog ‘became a team.’ The satisfaction of that relationship perhaps explains why our two species have lived together so long and happily.” (The Boston Globe)

"A neuroscientist wonders what goes on in the minds of our pet dogs: Do we delude ourselves when we believe that they love us? [How Dogs Love Us is] a solid introduction to an appealing new area of research." (Kirkus)

"The book is as much a scientific exploration of how the canine brain might function as it is a deeply personal story about Berns's relationship with dogs as pets and colleagues. Ultimately that connection is what makes the book compelling." (Scientific American MIND)

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    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 08-06-15
    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "misleading title"

    I love dog stories, but I expected some science from the title, and frankly I still don't know "how dogs love us". The majority of the book was how they got the dogs to go into the scanner.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 09-15-15
    Jessica 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "took a while to get going"

    there is a lot of information about how they did the study but to get to the meat of the story you had to get to chapter 20...seems too long to wait to get to the point to me.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AMG 11-27-15
    AMG 11-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very slow going"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am at chapter 9 of the book and we have yet to get to any actual findings. The details of the academic legal bureaucracy are not interesting. Somehow I suspect the publisher encouraged this buildup, but I just want to skip ahead to the science or findings that I hope will materialize. If this were a real book, I would have skipped ahead and be done by now.


    What could Gregory Berns have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut out a significant level of detail.


    What three words best describe LJ Ganser’s voice?

    clear
    neutral
    appropriate


    Could you see How Dogs Love Us being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. I could see this happening, but I wouldn't advise anyone to be in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The extremely poor overdubbing of one of the author's dogs' name is distracting and annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rae 12-03-15
    Rae 12-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Misleading title"

    The reality of research spending a lot of time thinking you are making head way to answer your hypothesis, so you push to get the answer only to find that answer elusive. For me this book was disappointing, having had a career in clincal medicine research, I could appreciate the work, however, the title is misleading. This is dry clincical read. Too much like reading articles in medical journals. Entertaining it was not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Parylla 12-02-15

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    "waste of time"

    This book spent all its time explaining how they were able to get a dog's head into an MRI scanner, but I never learned how dogs love us. I gave up on listening 1/2 way through this book because it was filled with information about operating an MRI, but did not address the issue of how dogs love us

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen McDonald 03-20-15 Member Since 2010

    Kathleen in FL

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    "Way too technical"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book never told us how dogs love us. It explained over and over how awake dogs were used to map the canine brain.


    What could Gregory Berns have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He wrote the book he set out to write. The title does not explain what the book is about.


    Did LJ Ganser do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from How Dogs Love Us?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I want authors to be clear about their intentions and subject matter.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karina K. 10-10-14
    Karina K. 10-10-14
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    "Very scientific but very interesting"
    What did you love best about How Dogs Love Us?

    I love the passion the author has for his dogs and the passion for science. Only true dog people, not to be mistaken with dog owners, would understand why he did what he did.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    As a RN with 5 years of Neurology experience, it was easy. I am sure that if you know nothing about radiology or neuroscience, it will be a little hard to follow.
    I know that because my husband was a little (a lot) lost.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kelly chasing the ducks by the river and when she cuddled with the author (awwwww).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would not make a film about this book. Unless the movie was for Vet, Radiology or Neuroscience students.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not into medical terminology and scientific studies, skip to chapter 23. Before that, the content is 90% study. VERY INTERESTING but, if you are looking for a mushy confy book, skip to chapter 24.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    karen Quincy, IL, United States 11-01-13
    karen Quincy, IL, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Where is the information?"
    Would you try another book from Gregory Berns and/or LJ Ganser?

    Not likely.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Berns again?

    Sure


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    This book totally lacked substance. Misleading in title and description. The majority of the weak story was about preparing for and testing. After hours of listening it sounded as if the story was finally getting to the topic expected and there was less than 20 minutes left of the book. Very disappointing.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    TH 06-02-16
    TH 06-02-16

    I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.

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    "They Love Us...We Just Have No Idea How"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was interesting to hear the planning, development, and implementation of the dog MRI experiment, so I would not say that the time was wasted.


    Would you recommend How Dogs Love Us to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was interesting and if one is a dog lover, it's nice to know there are some indications that dogs love us back.


    What aspect of LJ Ganser’s performance would you have changed?

    Some of the audio was 'shaky'...it sounded like when he was saying the name of one of the dogs, Lyra, that it was recorded once and superimposed over another name or something, because each time it was said, it sounded the same, but sounded quite out of place in the sentence, having different inflection, speed, sound, than the surrounding words.


    Was How Dogs Love Us worth the listening time?

    Yes. It makes me hopeful that others will develop further studies and perform greater experiments to help us understand that the other animal species, who share this planet with the homo sapiens animal, are thoughtful, sentient beings who deserve to be treated well, free from abuse, being used as food, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Socalbias California 05-27-16
    Socalbias California 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I Still Don't Know How Dogs Love Us"

    This book spent 90% of the time focusing on the stories and relatio ship between a man and his dog, rather than what tbe title suggest "How Dogs Love Us."

    Mis-leading with no significant scientific evidence. I'd take a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ms Florrie
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    11/16/13
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    "Misleading Title"
    What disappointed you about How Dogs Love Us?

    I bought this book to learn 'how dogs love us' and still feel this was left very much unanswered. It should have another title, such as 'The history of me -- a scientist -- and how I came to eventually do MRIs on some dogs -- the blow-by-blow account, including weather reports' or 'How scientists can digress to meet a word count target'.

    There are twenty-odd chapters of the hows, whys, whens, wheres, whats, whos and the final couple of chapters touch on what may be results of the tests.

    It could be of interest to anyone wanting to understand MRI imaging or a nosey acquaintance wanting to get a glimpse of the author's personal relationships with family/dogs, but if you want to know how dogs love us, you won't find too many answers here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Berns again?

    I would not buy a book by this author again.


    Have you listened to any of LJ Ganser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The narrator did a great job. His voice was easy to listen to and not the kind that makes your mind switch off (like some others can).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, frustration, wasted my money.


    Any additional comments?

    Author seems like a nice person which is why this is getting two stars instead of one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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