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New Research Shows That Dogs Can Differentiate Between Different Human Languages

Photo by  Pixabay  from  Pexels Without a shadow of a doubt, dogs are humanity's best friend. The close association over several centuries may have also given them an extraordinary ability to understand human languages. New research published in the journal, NeuroImage has revealed that dogs can actually distinguish between different human languages. The research was conducted by  Laura Cuaya , a neurobiologist at Eötvös Loránd University , and her team in Hungary.  Analyses of Dogs' Auditory Abilities Cuaya and her team trained 18 dogs including Kun-Kun (Cuaya's own pet), to lie motionless inside the MRI machine so their brains could be scanned while listening to the audio recordings of the human speech.  A dog trained to lie motionless for a MRI scan. Photo: Eniko Kubinyi Out of the 18 dogs, two came from Spanish-speaking families and the rest from Hungarian-speaking ones. In the machine, each dog was exposed to an excerpt from a popular children's book, ‘The Little

Music and the Brain

                                 Children at N.Y. Zoo (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress) If you thought music was just a means of entertainment, you are in for a surprise. Recent studies show that there is in fact a lot to music than what meets the “ear”. In recent years many acoustic experts and researchers have carried out experiments to show a correlation between brain function , cognition and music. One such experiment studied and compared the brain responses and sound recognition of pre-school children who were being trained in music to those who were not. It was observed that children who received musical training not only had better sound recognition but their auditory cortex appeared modified in comparison to the other group. The children also demonstrated enhancement in memory and attention level in comparison to the non- musical group . Musical training is also observed to have a remarkable impact on children suffering from dyslexia. Training in

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