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Innovative Canine Neuroscience- How fMRI Research is Improving our Ability to: Select Dogs for Worki
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When: 12pm
Where: Online Webinar
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Wednesday, June 15th, 12 noon CST / 1 pm EST Recording available for registrants 90 minutes / $35 Recent innovations in canine neuroscience provide insightful methodologies for improving our empirical understanding of how behavior and learning affect canine brain activity and how brain activity affects canine behavior and learning. In this webinar you will learn about the novel technique of awake, non-restrained canine fMRI; why it provides advantages to conventional methods of studying canine behavior; how researchers have ingeniously trained dogs to cooperatively and humanely enter an MRI and remain motionless, whereas formerly neuropsychologists believed awake canine MRIs were impossible; what awake canine fMRI studies have already taught us about canine cognition, emotions, sensory perception, receptive communication, and inhibitory control; and where our newfound knowledge of dog behavior and learning is providing practical applications for improving research, veterinary care, training, behavior modification, and product development pertinent to pet dogs, competition dogs, service dogs, and working dogs. • Practical applications for the research: • more effectively identifying candidates for service dog and working dog roles, • empirically validating the performance of products marketed to relieve canine stress, • improving canine brain mapping, • employing awake fMRI to better study common CNS conditions, such as canine epilepsy- and in measuring the success of treatment for such conditions, • safer and lower cost non-sedated veterinary management and monitoring of neoplasia and other chronic canine health conditions, • developing customized training protocols optimal for the temperament and preferences of individual dogs, and • developing products that more effectively alleviate canine anxiety. ​Presenter Mark Spivak is a member of the Emory research team publishing ground-breaking papers on the use of fMRI technology in canine neuroscience. He co-founded Dog Star Technologies​ ​​with Dr. Gregory Berns, MD, PhD, the Chair of the Emory​ ​Center for Neuroeconomics and Neuropolicy. Dog Star's primary mission is to conduct government and privately funded canine neuroscience research that increases the understanding of canine cognition, emotions, sensory reception, receptive communication, and inhibitory control. The company has received a $1 million contract from DARPA to study fMRI biomarkers and electronic activity sensors that improve the identification of candidate service dogs. ​​​Mark is also​​ ​t​he President of Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT)​, a company of 10 elite animal behaviorists and trainers​ ​in the Atlanta area.


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