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How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain | [Gregory Berns]

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

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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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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    Lorraine 08-10-14
    Lorraine 08-10-14
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    "A must for all animal lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Take it everywhere. Well narrated


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hot dog rewards


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am very glad I found this book and audio version. I have lost meany loved pets and gives hope that perhaps we may be with them again

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fara Longmont, CO, United States 10-25-13
    Fara Longmont, CO, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Best dog book in years!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Dogs Love Us to be better than the print version?

    Finally, someone who realizes a dog is not a wolf in dog's clothing! Excellent in every way, and makes me appreciate my dogs all the more. Thank you, Dr. Berns!


    2 of 3 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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Davis Bellevue, WA 12-12-14
    Mark Davis Bellevue, WA 12-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, mediocre narration"
    What made the experience of listening to How Dogs Love Us the most enjoyable?

    The story presented is great. Interesting science, great back story, good personal touches.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cali


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of LJ Ganser?

    The author


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The 2nd to last chapter


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator must have been pronouncing things wrong and had to have them dubbed. It was noticeable and really took you out of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 12-05-14
    Barbara 12-05-14

    A bookworm since a child. Love audible books.

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    "Details Research Methods for the Geek in Us."
    Would you consider the audio edition of How Dogs Love Us to be better than the print version?

    I think about the same as the print version. With the whispersync, you can read along with the audio.


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

    It was a bit technical but the author did a good job of explaining his research.


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

    This is my first book by LJ Ganser. He read a bit technical book in a interesting manner.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the dog learned how to cooperate with the experiment. The intelligence and loyalty of a dog is special.


    Any additional comments?

    The techniques of the research and how they trained the dogs for the experience was interesting. The book focus more on the research and less of the results. The book is not going to give you any glimpse of your dog's individual behavior. Your observations will help you understand your dog more than reading the book. However, it was interesting read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy WHITESTOWN, IN, United States 01-20-14
    Randy WHITESTOWN, IN, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    This book is so anthropomorphic that I couldn't finish it. If it has valuable information, I'll never know. It is so silly that it lost credibility in the beginning.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Ms Florrie
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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