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He understands every word I say

Many of us, especially those with small children, often feel that the dog is the only member of the family who ever listens to us. This intuition has been backed up by a recent neuroimaging study that looked at the ability of dogs to recognise human voices. They showed that dogs have voice areas highly analogous to those in humans. Moreover, dogs' brains react not only to genuine human vocalisation, but also to the emotional content of our speech. So maybe that look of understanding as your confide in the man's best friend isn't just a ploy for more dog biscuits. Curr Biol 2014:24;574–8

Miss whiplash

Not every ‘negative’ trial brings disappointment. In the case of a well-designed randomised control trial from Australia of 172 people with chronic whiplash, …

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