Pet Your Dog, It’s Good For Your Brain

  • Thinking of getting a dog? Well, now is the time to get one. A new study shows that petting your dog can boost your brain activity.
  • Researchers in Switzerland put brain scanners on 19 individuals to see how they would react while petting a dog versus a stuffed animal. They also analyzed the participant’s reactions differed when they were placed in a room with a dog, sitting next to a dog, or petting a dog.
  • The results are not surprising: there is a significant boost in brain activity when an individual pets a furry friend, particularly in the frontal cortex—the part of the brain that handles how we think and feel.