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How dogs can be trained to sit still for MRIs--and preliminary findings about their brains. 3.5 stars,
This review is from: How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain (Hardcover)
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I love reading about the neuroscience of human brains and was so excited to read what this book had to say about dogs' brains. Unfortunately, the book doesn't have much of that relative to the lenghty information about the processes and procedures necessary to make it possible to test dogs' brains. The author writes very well, obviously cares about dogs, and can be quite entertaining in writing about them, but I just wasn't that interested in so much explantion of the preparations and methods used to get dogs to cooperate for MRIs. I wanted to read mainly about the supposed findings: how dogs love us and the decoding of their brains. The information on that seemed relatively scant and not all that satisfying, about a long article's worth instead of a whole book's worth. I think this approach will appeal most to those interested in the nuts and bolts of scientific research and training dogs rather than to dog lovers who crave detailed information about their pets' inner worlds. The palpable love and understanding of dogs in the book was a real plus for me, but the narrrative did not focus enough on what the title said it would. Three and a half stars--and a definite vote to buy the follow-up in a few years after they've conducted more research and can elucidate more.
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Initial post: Oct 22, 2013 8:27:24 AM PDT
Joi d' vivre says:
Thank you for your insightful review. You touched on the exact concern I had about buying this book, and I think most people will share your disappointment in the content. I would love to know what goes on in my dogs head, and like you, look forward to the author developing more knowledge in that area--as long as it continues to be humanely gathered, that is.
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I would think each dog is unique in his/her own respectful rights. Variations in intelligence, physical ability, environment and interaction with other people as well as dogs are all very important aspects of each dog. Each breed has its own unique attributes that was developed to do something for us. It is now known that domesticated dogs have an incredible ability to pick up on our body language. They can determine if we may have cancer. I think this is just a skim of an incredible research topic that should be continued.
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