What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience by Gregory Berns

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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.

Title : What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience
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ISBN : 0465096247
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Diana rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 29, 2017

This book has an easy way to explain things, and it takes you in a comprehensive route through neurocience and the brain and different theories and opinions and facts, which may help you in grounding yourself and giving you a sense of back story knowledge. They also tell you how they did prepare...

Trish rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2017

Berns uses what he’s learned about human cognition and emotion in the title of this book, which promises insights into the understanding of the dog brain. To be fair, the book does discuss experiments and findings involving what happens in a dog’s brain while commands are given and associations a...

Luci rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

I received a ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Fascinating. That's the first word that comes to my mind after finishing this book. We still need to learn so much about the animals and other fellow beings we share this planet with. This book lets the read peek at h...

Ned rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 18, 2017

The title of this book should be, What It's like to be a Neuroscientist. There is precious little new information about the nature of dog consciousness. A lot of interesting questions, and a ton of information about the puzzle and how neuroscientists are trying to solve. After wading through all...

Letitia rated it ★★★★☆

October 30, 2017

Fascinating and mostly accessible to the lay-person, this book really made me think about animals differently. The research Berns describes here focuses on neuroscience, specifically scanning brains with MRI, and he's not interested so much in what human activities animals are able to do (languag...

Mary Clare rated it ★★★★☆

November 14, 2017

Full review! Format: eBook from NetGalley In this book, Berns recounts his process and findings in his research on animal neuroscience. While he does spend a fair amount of time on dogs, he also discusses sea lions, Tasmanian tigers, dolphins, and more. Berns moves between personal anecdotes, his o...

Emily rated it ★★★★☆

March 02, 2018

I don’t understand the deeper intricacies of neuroscience, but I am fascinated by it, and as an animal lover, I found this book to be particularly interesting. I read a few reviews of people who didn’t finish because they thought he lost focus or didn’t deliver what they were hoping to get, based...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

September 07, 2017

Very interesting book; as others point out the title was badly chosen, and I suspect was selected by the publisher, not the author, as really what the author is doing via neurological research is to try and obtain insights into animal thinking. He started with dogs, since they can easily be train...

Jen rated it ★★★★☆

January 12, 2018

An interesting look through some experiments and developments in non-primate mammalian neuroscience. The studies of dogs and sea mammals were fascinating and will hopefully lead to additional discoveries in the future. The quest to find thylacine brains to run through an MRI was somewhat less so,...

Jessica rated it ★★★☆☆

March 09, 2018

I keep flip flopping between three and four stars on this!! I, like many others, was hoping for more...dogs. Still, the studies described on other animals were interesting to me. Some parts were slow and thick reading but I feel like I learned a lot! I wouldn’t call this book a pleasure read - it...

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