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No, Your Dog Doesn’t Really Prefer Your Face, Brain Scans Show | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — You may think your dog is gazing lovingly at your face, but a new study suggests that’s not the case.

Hungarian researchers say dogs’ brains may not process faces the same way human brains do.

Faces are such an important part of communication for humans and other primates that faces have a special status in the visual system, and areas in the human brain are specifically activated by faces.

But this study found that dogs don’t have specific face areas in their brains.

The researchers, led by Nóra Bunford of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, used magnetic imaging to compare the brain activity of 30 humans and 20 pet dogs as they watched brief videos of people and dogs.

The results revealed that human brains had a preference for faces. Some visual areas of human brains showed greater activity in response to a face than to the back of someone’s head. Some of these brain regions also displayed species preference, with increased activity in response to seeing a human compared to a dog.

In contrast, dog brains only showed species preference. There was greater activity when they saw a dog than a person, and there was no difference in brain activity when dogs saw a face than when they saw the back of a head.

The findings were published Oct. 5 in the journal JNeurosci.

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Terence Kongolo’s move to Sheffield United on the rocks after scans raised concerns over fitness

Terence Kongolo’s move to Sheffield United on the rocks after scans raised concerns over the defender’s fitness following a broken foot last season with Blades looking at other options

Terence Kongolo’s proposed move from Huddersfield Town to Sheffield United is understood to have hit a hitch following medical tests.

The 26-year-old defender has only just recovered after missing most of the year with a broken foot that required metal re-enforcement. That metal work had to be removed again before he could resume playing.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder confirmed his interest in signing Kongolo as a potential replacement for the injured Jack O’Connell and a deal had looked likely over the weekend. However, medical tests are understood to have raised concerns over when Kongolo was ready to play at full fitness again.

Terence Kongolo's move to Sheffield United has broken down following medical tests

Terence Kongolo’s move to Sheffield United has broken down following medical tests

The Dutchman picked up the injury while on loan at Fulham and they have also been among the clubs keen to sign him.

Talking about the injury back in February, then Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley explained: ‘Terence went on in the Blackburn game with about eight minutes to go, he jumped and won a header but when he landed on his foot there was a problem.

‘In the foot there are many, many different bones and between these there are ligaments.

‘Unfortunately, Terence took a heavy landing on one of those bones and ligaments and he’s had to have a piece of metalwork put in which, hopefully, will resolve the issue.

‘He will then need that metalwork to come out before he is able to play again, so it is going to be a lengthy one.

‘We are hoping he will be available for the start of next season – that is certainly the aim – but it is a disappointment to everyone.

‘You feel for Terence because he had just gone to Fulham, who are in a good position and he would have wanted to affect them while on loan.’

Sheffield United have also asked about Preston North End’s £10m rated defender Ben Davies.

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