Infants are able to identify individual words in continuous speech, even if they can’t understand them – and now it seems dogs can as well
29 October 2021
Dogs are able to pick out individual words from continuous speech like human infants can.
Even without knowing what they mean, infants can recognise new words by noticing syllable patterns in speech, so Marianna Boros at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and her colleagues wanted to find out if dogs can do the same.
The researchers used electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to monitor the brain activity of 19 dogs. They then played the dogs a …