“This is the first time we’ve seen in a non-human brain the ability to distinguish between languages,” said Dr Attila Andics, Brain Researcher, Eotvos Lorand University. capable of being “bilingual”.
In the study, 18 dogs listened to excerpts from the story “The Little Prince” in Spanish and Hungarian. The researchers then analyzed their brains.
Dr. Laura Cuaya, lead researcher, explains: “For example, in Spanish, many people will feel it as a song, a language with a melody. Hungarian is much more stable, so we believe dogs will detect this.”
“The results were surprising because we found two different brain regions in the dog’s auditory cortex,” said Dr. Attila.
The results of the study also showed that the older dogs were better able to distinguish the two languages.