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Do dogs ’dream’ of electric spindles? Evidence for shared mechanisms of sleep-dependent learning between man and dog

Interest in the dog brain has been growing considerably since brain scans provided first glimpses from inside the head of man’s best friend. However, many presumably fundamental principles of brain function, known from work with other species, are yet to be confirmed and properly characterized. Researchers at the Eötvös Loránd University and Hungarian Academy of […]

Open post-doc position: EU funded Fellowships with Senior Family Dog Project

Invitation to apply for an individual postdoctoral fellowship through the European Commission Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (see http://ec.europa.eu/, deadline: 14 September 2017, 17:00) . We are looking to host an individual fellow (with a PhD) who would like to pursue a research project in canine cognitive aging, at the Senior Family Dog Project, Eötvös University, Budapest. Funded by the […]

Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed Dogs: what is the difference in their behaviour?

Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed Dogs: what is the difference in their behaviour?

A new Hungarian study found that according to their owners, mixed-breeds were less calm but more trainable than purebreds. Mixed-breeds were also reported to be more likely to have behaviour problems, however, the two groups had similar boldness scores in the survey. These differences at least partly might be due to early socialization and / […]

Our newest FDP paper is out: Is your dog empathic?

Our newest FDP paper is out: Is your dog empathic?

Szánthó et al. developed a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey where they asked owners about their experiences with their dogs in emotionally loaded situations. The new study found that more empathic owners also find their dogs more “empathic”. They rated a puppy picture as more cute and indicated that their dogs are more reactive to their […]

Our publications among the most read articles of 2016

Our publications among the most read articles of 2016

According to the Top 10 list of EurekAlert!, one of the leading sites for science news, two publications of ELTE research are among the ten most read articles of 2016. One of the joint papers of the ELTE Ethology Department and the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research group on investigating episodic memory in dogs is on the […]

Your dog remembers what you did

Your dog remembers what you did

People have a remarkable ability to remember and recall events from the past, even when those events didn’t hold any particular importance at the time they occurred. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on November 23 have evidence that dogs have that kind of “episodic memory” too. The study found that dogs can […]

Student’s report on attending the 2nd Worldwide Seminar of The Family Dog Project

Student’s report on attending the 2nd Worldwide Seminar of The Family Dog Project

When I was a Bachelor student I remember attending an extra-curricular lecture on the difference between, to put it in old-fashioned words, ‘man and beast’. That was 2007 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. One of the philosophers began his lecture with, I paraphrase: “Obviously there’s something fundamentally different between humans and other animals! After all I […]

Link to the live online stream of the Family Dog Project Seminar

Link to the live online stream of the Family Dog Project Seminar

LINK TO THE ONLINE STREAM: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyDogProject/videos/702309206590770/ Live broadcast: 12 talks from Family Dog Project authors of the most recent canine studies. 19 November 2016 17:00-20:30 CET (UTC: 4:00 PM; NYT: 11:00 AM; 8:00 AM PDT) Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány. 1/c, Bolyai lecture hall. Attendance is free of charge. Recent post: Now that the […]

Guest talk – “Fruits of Ethology” series

Guest talk – “Fruits of Ethology” series

In the framework of the “Fruits of Ethology” guest talk series we will have the pleasure to welcome our next speaker, Pascal Belin, Professor of Neuroscience (Institute of Neurosciences of La Timone in Marseille, France). Date: 17th of November, Thursday, 15.45 Location: ELTE, Department of Ethology (South Building), Pázmány Péter sétány 1/c, 6th floor Title: A […]

2nd Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project

2nd Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project

The countdown to the second Worldwide Free Seminar of the Family Dog Project has begun! Here is a taste of this year’s program: Link to final program: here. Link to livestream event: coming soon, probably on facebook. Facebook event details Since the foundation of the Family Dog Project by Vilmos Csányi, Ádám Miklósi, József Topál and Antal […]