A few weeks ago, the New York Times published my opinion piece titled, “Dogs are People, Too,” which was based on my new book, How Dogs Love Us. Here, I expand on the question of using MRIs to read canine emotions.
Now two years into a project to train dogs to go into an MRI – fully awake – so that we can better understand how their brains work,neuroscience is showing us that animals have episodic memories and that dogs miss us when we’re gone.
After learning the incredible things military dogs can do, I resolved to figure out what was actually going on in the mind of man’s-best-friend by using the tools of my trade: brain scanning technology.
On November 9th, 2009 the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the 8th amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibits courts from sentencing children to life without the possibility of parole for the commission of a non-homicide. The elephant in the room, and the thing that the Court has taken deliberate steps to leave out of its rulings in the past, is the human brain. Numerous briefs have been submitted by mental health advocacy groups suggesting that the brain is not fully mature until the mid-20's. But come November, the Court should once again ignore the growing drumbeat to blame the immature brain and leave neuroscience out of its decision.
Hope, not the Fed, is the engine of the economy. Unfortunately, the Fed's move doesn't go nearly far enough in restoring hope that the economy will improve in the near future. It smacks of desperation more than anything else.