APR 17, 2015 12:04 PM PDT

Eye Contact Secures Dogs' Place in Human Heart

WRITTEN BY: Judy O'Rourke

The animation below discusses research by Nagasawa et al, which uncovers a neural feedback loop between people and their canine pets, a bonding mechanism that has strengthened the human/canine relationship for millennia.

This material relates to a paper that appeared in the April 17, 2015 issue of Science, published by AAAS.

The paper, by M. Nagasawa, Azabu University, Sagamihara, Japan, and colleagues is titled, "Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds."


[Source: AAAS/Carla Schaffer]
About the Author
  • Judy O'Rourke worked as a newspaper reporter before becoming chief editor of Clinical Lab Products magazine. As a freelance writer today, she is interested in finding the story behind the latest developments in medicine and science, and in learning what lies ahead.
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