Family Dog Project
Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Ethology
    Budapest, Hungary
Dog Behaviour Research

Staff of the Family Dog Project


Vilmos Csányi Member of the Hungarian Academy. He is a prominent personality in the research of animal and human behaviour. He organized the Behavior Genetic Lab of the Eötvös University in 1973, which turned to Ethology Department in 1990. He was the head of department till his retirement. His research was mainly focused for the questions of biological and cultural evolution. Author of numerous scientific and popular scientific articles and books.

Ádám Miklósi Head of department. Over the last more than twenty years he has conducted ethological research on the paradise fish and zebrafish, domesticated chicks, laboratory rats. Now his is leading the Family Dog project in which research is focused on dogs, wolves and human children. In 2008 he published a book entitled Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition with Oxford University Press.




Antal Dóka Senior lecturer. He has been teaching ethology for young biologists and psychologists for 25 years. His main research field is the cooperation between guide dogs and their owners, comparative ethology of canids, and ethorobotics.





Márta Gácsi Res. Assoc. Prof. Major interest:
Human analogue attachment behaviour in dogs
The comprehension of human gestural cues in non-human species
The sensitivity of dogs for human attention
The social behaviour of hand raised wolves
Testing aggressive behaviour in dogs
Applying dogs’ social behaviour in „ethorobotics”



Enikő Kubinyi She is a researcher at the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. She studied the information transmission via social learning between humans and dogs, worked in a project, which is aimed at revealing the behavioural differences between hand-raised wolves and dogs and carried out behavioural experiments with dogs encountering a four-legged autonomous robot (AIBO). Currently she studies dog personality as a model of human personality, and searching for the genetical background of certain dog traits.


Gabriella Lakatos Research assistant. Her most important research topics are analyzing visual communication between humans and dogs in comparative perspective and the investigation of referential communicational abilities of children with autism through different comparative studies.






Péter Pongrácz Assistant professor. Member of the cognitive ethology research group since 2000. Main research interest: dog-human communication, acoustic signals of dogs, social learning between dogs and humans, genetic base of emotional behaviour in dogs.







József Topál Senior researcher of the Comparative Behaviour Research Team, Institute of Psychology, HAS. The main focus of his research is the comparative investigations of the social-cognitive capacities in dogs and human infants.






Zsófia Virányi She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg (Austria) and investigate the role of inferential abilities and interindividual behavioural coordination in social learning in common marmosets and domestic dogs.




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