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New scientific research says your frat hound doesn’t just recognize simple commands like “go get me a beer,” but might actually fundamentally understand the “beer” and what it means.
From the Washington Post:
It had already been established that dogs respond to human voices better than their wolf brethren, are able to match hundreds of objects to words and learn elements of grammar, and can be directed by human speech.
But the new findings mean dogs are more like humans than was previously known: They process language using the same regions of the brain as people, according to the researchers, whose paper was published in Science.
The study determined that dogs are able to associate words with not only meaning, but memories and visualization the same way that humans do.
They also understand words individually regardless of tone, reacting positively or negatively with tone and inflection. For example, your frat hound knows the difference between when you say “bite that bitch” pointing jokingly at one of your brothers and when you say the same thing regarding some dude who is trying to steal something from your house. This distinction is important, because it’s often the difference between a gentle bark and a rousing nut biting.
The scientists say this sort of association and understanding are good indicators of the biological standard for consciousness. Solid evidence that your little buddy really does have a life of his own, with emotions, memories, and even a frame of self.
Your frat hound isn’t just a pet. He’s one of the guys. But you already knew that. He’s on all of your composites already..
[via Washington Post]