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Abstract #3904

Predicting Dogs Training Ease and Behavior using their Neural Responses to Discriminative Odors

Tuo Shi 1 , Oleg Pustovyy 2 , Yun Wang 1 , Paul Waggoner 3 , Ronald Beyers 1 , Jessica Fleming 4 , Paul Hammond 4 , Edward Morrison 2 , Thomas S. Denney Jr. 1,5 , Vitaly Vodyanoy 2 , and Gopikrishna Deshpande 1,5

1 AU MRI Research Center, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States, 2 Dept. of Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States, 3 Canine Detection Research Institute, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States, 4 iK9 LLC, Auburn, AL, United States, 5 Dept. of Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States

Humans have long made use of olfactory detection capabilities of dogs. Training dogs to use those capabilities can be expensive due to the manpower and time involved. Therefore, predicting the training ease and behavioral of working dogs before their recruitment will be beneficial. We explored the canine olfactory system using functional MRI and correlated the canine behavior with imaging metrics derived from activation to discriminative odors, to predict dogs training ease and behavior. We found the discriminative odorant stimulus lead to higher activity in olfaction-related and higher order brain areas, also were significantly correlated with integrated behavior and training ease.

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