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Symmetry 2017, 9(5), 71; doi:10.3390/sym9050071

Lateralized Functions in the Dog Brain

Department of Veterinary Medicine, Section of Behavioral Sciences and Animal Bioethics, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70121 Bari, Italy
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Received: 21 March 2017 / Revised: 9 May 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2017 / Published: 13 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Brain Asymmetry of Structure and/or Function)
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Understanding the complementary specialisation of the canine brain has been the subject of increasing scientific study over the last 10 years, chiefly due to the impact of cerebral lateralization on dog behaviour. In particular, behavioural asymmetries, which directly reflect different activation of the two sides of the dog brain, have been reported at different functional levels, including motor and sensory. The goal of this review is not only to provide a clear scenario of the experiments carried out over the last decade but also to highlight the relationships between dogs’ lateralization, cognitive style and behavioural reactivity, which represent crucial aspect relevant for canine welfare. View Full-Text
Keywords: dog; lateralization; emotion; behaviour; physiology dog; lateralization; emotion; behaviour; physiology
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Siniscalchi, M.; d’Ingeo, S.; Quaranta, A. Lateralized Functions in the Dog Brain. Symmetry 2017, 9, 71.

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