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

What It's Like to Be a Dog

And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience

Hardcover Published: 5th September 2017
ISBN: 9780465096244
Number Of Pages: 320

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"Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this important book." - Dr. Temple Grandin

What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Gregory Berns and his team did something nobody had ever attempted: they trained dogs to go into an MRI scanner - completely awake - so they could figure out what they think and feel. And dogs were just the beginning. In What It's Like to Be a Dog, Berns takes us into the minds of wild animals: sea lions who can learn to dance, dolphins who can see with sound, and even the now extinct Tasmanian tiger. Berns's latest scientific breakthroughs prove definitively that animals have feelings very much like we do--a revelation that forces us to reconsider how we think about and treat animals. Written with insight, empathy, and humor, What It's Like to Be a Dog is the new manifesto for animal liberation of the twenty-first century.

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Named one of the "Best Books of 2017" by The Bark Named one of the "TEN BEST SCIENCE BOOKS OF 2017" by Smithsonian "Berns has done it again: woven a compelling story with a scientific revolution. Marvelously written and intellectually engaging, What It's Like to Be a Dog will establish Berns as one of the most skilled neuroscientists of our day, as well as someone with the intuition that understanding other animals will lead to greater insight and knowledge about ourselves."--Dr. Brian Hare, New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Dogs "This truly fascinating book shows a profound respect for animals, and one that is broadening our understanding of what it's like to be a dog."--The Bark "Berns mixes personal stories of dogs and dog lovers with elegant scientific experiments that show the surprising complexity behind many canine daily behaviours: a fun, fascinating and illuminating read."--New Scientist "One of the most delightful things about What It's Like to Be a Dog is the attention Berns pays to each dog's individual quirks."--New Yorker "Dr. Gregory Berns' new book is a fascinating read. Packed with personal stories, What It's Like to Be a Dog clearly lays out just who these amazing beings are, from the inside out. We can now learn what each individual animal wants and needs to have the best life possible in a human-centered world, and what we must do to make sure they do."--Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age and Canine Confidential: An Insider's Guide to the Best Lives for Dogs and Us "Gregory Berns is boldly going where no one has gone before, offering a lively, eye-opening peek into his neuroscience kitchen."--Frans de Waal, author of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? "A fascinating journey towards an understanding of what dogs--and their mammalian cousins--might be thinking about us."--John Bradshaw, author of the New York Timesbestsellers Dog Sense and Cat Sense and the forthcoming The Animals Among Us "Gregory Berns is a remarkable scientist, whose pioneering MRI studies of the brain across a range of species have opened up a pathway to deeper understanding of animals' internal awareness and perspectives. He's also an exceptional thinker, whose grasp of the ethical and practical significance of his findings for the status and treatment of animals is pervasive in this absorbing work."--Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States "Groundbreaking research that shows that dog emotions are similar to people's. Training dogs to voluntarily lie still in the MRI brain scanner was a brilliant way to explore the workings of their brains. Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this important book."--Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translationand Animals Make us Human "In this big-hearted book, Gregory Berns applies cutting-edge science to questions that have never been so timely: How do other animals perceive their worlds? How do they experience emotions? How does their language work? What It's Like to Be a Dog is a delightful, illuminating look at the minds and lives of our fellow creatures."--Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins "The author explains that his purpose in writing this book is 'to raise awareness of the mental lives of the animals with whom we share the planet.' In that, he succeeds. An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures."--Kirkus Reviews "Berns also peeks into the gray matter of dolphins, sea lions, and Tasmanian devils, bolstering his contention that both four-footed and sea-dwelling mammals think and feel much as we do, a sentiment animal lovers and fans of books by Jane Goodall, E. O. Wilson, and Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason will heartily embrace."--Booklist

ISBN: 9780465096244
ISBN-10: 0465096247
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th September 2017
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52

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