A new study is going towards confirming what many dog-owners may have already suspected: mothers appear to have a biological connection with their dogs.
Massachusetts General Hospital veterinarian Lori Palley set up a study to explore the extent of the human-pet connection. The study conducted MRI scans of the brains of moms with young children while they were shown pictures of their children and their dogs. As it turns out, many of the same areas of the brain were activated during viewing of the children and the dog.
There was at least one important difference, however: an area of the brain crucial to human connection was only activated when the mothers saw their children.
Dr. Palley emphasized that this was a small study and that she hopes to expand upon it in the future.