What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience (Hardcover)

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

By Gregory Berns

Basic Books, 9780465096244, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

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Description

A pathbreaking neuroscientist discovers the link between human and animal minds
What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his team began with a radical step: they taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner--completely awake. They discovered what makes dogs individuals with varying capacities for self-control, different value systems, and a complex understanding of human speech. And dogs were just the beginning. In What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns explores the fascinating inner lives of wild animals from dolphins and sea lions to the extinct Tasmanian tiger. Much as Silent Spring transformed how we thought about the environment, so What It's Like to Be a Dog will fundamentally reshape how we think about--and treat--animals. Groundbreaking and deeply humane, it is essential reading for animal lovers of all stripes.


About the Author

Gregory Berns, MD, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy and Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller How Dogs Love Us. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and too many dogs.
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