UNIT: Dogs dream about their owners, says scientist

Intermediate. Adjectives with Prepositions at / for / of / to / with, Adjectives with Prepositions in / on / about / from. История/Культура


to conduct - вести, руководить to attach - присоединять
to conclude - заключать, завершать to annoy smb - раздражать
a canine   - собака, пёс to state - заявлять, утверждать
to compare - сравнивать a conclusion - заключение, вывод
to be interested in - быть заинтересованным a mammal - млекопитающее

An expert believes she has uncovered the secret of what dogs dream about. Dr Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, conducted research into dog dreams and concluded that, among other things, dogs dream about their owners. Dr Barrett said canine dreams were comparable to those we have: "Humans dream about the same things they're interested in by day or afraid of . There's no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners and depends on them, it's likely a dog is dreaming of owner’s face, smell and of pleasing or annoying the owner." The psychologist even advised pet owners to give their pets "happy daytime experiences" to make sure they have nice dreams and not to worry about pet’s dreams.

Dr Barrett stated that there is no way of knowing for certain what dogs see when they dream. Research isn't even close to disclosing that mystery with human dreams. Her conclusions are based on the fact that canines and other mammals have a sleep cycle that is similar to the human cycle. This includes a period of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the part of the sleep cycle when humans dream. She said: "That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming too." Dr Barrett also explained the reason that dogs move their legs while they are asleep. She said they are probably acting out their dreams so their legs move in a running motion in their sleep and it doesn’t mean that something is wrong with the dog.

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