How Dogs Love Us; Gregory Berns

Most books haven’t captured my attention long enough or I just forget to read them, and with the 26 books to read this year goal I set for myself it’s not looking good.

How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns not only captured my attention but left me wanting more whenever I had to put the book down.

About The Author


Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University and Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

* Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 1990
* M.D. University of California, San Diego, 1994

How Dogs Love Us Synopsis


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.

I’m a animal lover and a science nerd (hello, I’m majoring in Biology!) This book discusses berns relationship with Callie, along with his other dogs and his family. Trust me when I say that this book is not filled with boring science mumbo jumbo, Yes it does state facts to back up his research but Berns states these facts in a way that helps you understand then and want to keep reading. Also it does have a couple of pictures, like the interesting comparison of a dog’s brain to a human’s brain, and he goes writes about the tough process of not only training a dog to step inside an MRI, but to stay still for 30 seconds while wear ear muffs.

I suggest this book for any animal lover who has ever wondering how their dog feels about them and what they think.

Read Berns Website HERE. Goodreads book page HERE and you can purchase the book HERE

Have you read any good books lately?



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