Dog news: Canines can pick out individual words when we speak to them

Infants are able to recognize single words in continuous speech even if they don’t understand them – and now it seems that dogs can, too


October 29, 2021


Dogs’ brain activity was recorded while listening to sounds

Grzegorz Eliasiewicz

Dogs are able to pick out single words from continuous speech as human infants can.

Even without knowing what they mean, infants can recognize new words by noticing syllable patterns in language. So Marianna Boros from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary and her colleagues wanted to find out if dogs can do the same thing.

The researchers used electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to monitor brain activity in 19 dogs. Then they played the dogs …

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