By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — You may think your dog is gazing lovingly at your face, but a new study suggests that’s not the case.
Hungarian researchers say dogs’ brains may not process faces the same way human brains do.
Faces are such an important part of communication for humans and other primates that faces have a special status in the visual system, and areas in the human brain are specifically activated by faces.
But this study found that dogs don’t have specific face areas in their brains.
The researchers, led by Nóra Bunford of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, used magnetic imaging to compare the brain activity of 30 humans and 20 pet dogs as they watched brief videos of people and dogs.
The results revealed that human brains had a preference for faces. Some visual areas of human brains showed