Petting (Real) Dogs Activates the Social Brain

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here have been lots of studies into the positive impacts of having pets around us — but this study just published looked at brain activation patterns while being with a dog, petting a dog and with an ersatz cuddly toy lion.

The research showed that brain activation patterns were highest when petting dogs — unsurprising because this was the most interactive condition in the study…



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Andy Hab

The brain and human behaviour, in business, society, learning, and health.