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Science Shows Dogs Understand Human Emotions

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For every pet-lover who has ever insisted their dog understands what they say and feel, a new study shows you may be right.

Linsey Janis has more on proof of the connection with your best friend.

Ask any dog owner and they'll tell you their best friend seems to understand them in a way no other pet could.

On YouTube, thousands of dogs entertaining and comforting us...  check out these dogs owners pretend to cry now watch as their four-legged friends run over and try to cheer them up.

Now, scientists say there's a reason humans and dogs get along so beautifully.

Dogs might understand when we're happy, and when we're sad, because they
hear emotion in our voices the same way  humans do.

"So when I'm happy Ace here knows, same goes for when I'm sad."

Here's how researchers in hungary figured it out. First, they trained Sander here to lie completely still in an MRI machine for up to 8 minutes.

Then they conducted the first ever comparison between the brains of humans and dogs... putting head phones on both while exposing them to the same sounds: crying, whining and laughter

Look at our brains side-by-side. the same areas active in humans are also active in dogs.

Alexandria Horowitz, author of Inside a Dog, says the research makes sense.

"This is a first step to understand what makes vocal communication between dogs and humans so successful. Scientists think it might be because we've grown up together- dogs and humans have been buddies for over 30,000 years."

Maybe that's why we just "get" each other.

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