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As different as we think we are from our canine companions, it's now known that we're much more alike than previously thought, at least when it comes to our brains. We now know that dogs are sentient beings—as are all animals—and if you want to set them up for success, the more you know about their brain, the better. And remember this when it comes to you and your dog: Great Minds Think Alike!

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Guest

Dr. Kathy Murphy, Neuroscientist

Hosts

Mark Drucker and Drew Webster

Producer and Editor

John LaSala

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GUEST BIO

Dr. Kathy Murphy qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 1999. After spending several years in mixed practice she moved to the University of Oxford where she completed two specialised clinical qualifications and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for her PhD in behavioural neuroscience. Kathy is the director of Barking Brains, a platform sharing information about neuroscience with animal trainers, behaviourists and interested dog owners. Additionally, she is the Chief Scientific Officer for Behavior Vets LLC and an Oversight Committee member for the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter.

SUMMARY

In this interview, Dr. Kathy Murphy explores the field of neuroscience as it relates to understanding how dogs think and behave and how more knowledge in this area leads to successful outcomes for pet parents. The fascinating similarities between human and dog brains are discussed, highlighting that while there are anatomical and cellular similarities, there are also differences in brain structure and development trajectories. In glossary form, there’s a captivating discussion around neurotransmitters and neuroeconomics and how these phenomena impact behavior. You’ll learn about phenotypes, genotypes, coupling, functional connectivity, and how a dog thinks and grieves. From time to time, the conversation touches on the ethical considerations of brain research in dogs.

CHAPTERS

00:00 Show Opening and the Importance of Neuroscience

07:06 Similarities and Differences Between Human and Dog Brains. What are neurotransmitters and what is neuroeconimics?

31:46 Phenotypes and Coupling

34:08 Coupling and Functional Connectivity

38:43 Understanding How Dogs Think

40:06 The Use of fMRI in Dogs

42:12 Real-Time Brain Function in Dogs

44:09 Ethical Considerations in Brain Research

48:14 Supporting Dogs’ Behavior and Welfare

49:26 Observing and Noting Dog Behavior

52:17 Grieving and Adaptation in Dogs

LINKS

  1. Barking Brains : (https://www.facebook.com/neuroscienceisawesome)
  2. Behavior Vets
  3. Erin Hecht at Canine Brains Project, Harvard University
  4. Muhammad A. Spocter, Principal Investigator at The Evolving Brain Laboratory

DISCLAIMER

Our podcasts are for your enjoyment and for general education and information purposes only. We interview veterinarians, scientists, behavior consultants, dog trainers, influencers, etc. You must always consult with your own [credentialed] canine and pet practitioners before implementing any training program or course of medical diagnosis and/or treatment.

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