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Dog brains process both what we say and how we say it

Dog brains process both what we say and how we say it

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New FDP paper in SCIENCE! Videoabstract: The first fMRI study to investigate how dog brains process speech shows that our best friends in the animal kingdom care about both what we say and how we say it. Dogs, like people, use the left hemisphere to process words, a right hemisphere brain region to process intonation, […]

Donation from Zoetis Hungary

Donation from Zoetis Hungary

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Enthusiastic owners and dogs who participate in our behaviour tests play a crucial role in the studies of the Family Dog Project. From time to time we try to express our gratitude for their support offering some symbolic, but useful ‘thank-you-gifts’. This time we received a donation package from the Zoetis Hungary, which contains anti-flea […]

FDP paper published in PLoS ONE

FDP paper published in PLoS ONE

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Polgár et al. created a simple food detection test to investigate olfactory capacities of different types of dogs and hand reared wolves. They tested  dogs and wolves in five conditions of increasing difficulity. The results showed that wolves and dog breeds selected for scent work were better than short-nosed dogs and dog from non-scent breeds.  

FDP paper in PLoS ONE

FDP paper in PLoS ONE

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Gergely et al. investigated dogs behaviour tovard “unidentified moving objects” (UMO’s) with an A not B error paradigm. They hypothesized that  if a UMO interacted socially with a dog, the UMO would become associated with certain social cues and would subsequently affect dog behaviour. They found that dogs in the Human and Social UMO conditions were more likely […]

Looking for participants in Northern Italy

Looking for participants in Northern Italy

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We are conducting a study aimed at revealing the role of the breeding environment and of genes on the development of behavior in dogs. We need the collaboration of breeders of Labrador and Czechoslovakian wolf dogs! We conduct this research in Northern Italy. You can read more about the study (in Italian) here. If you […]

Humans spontaneously attribute emotions to an ethologically inspired robot

Humans spontaneously attribute emotions to an ethologically inspired robot

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Gácsi et al.  presented  short video sequences to humans, in which a PeopleBot robot and a dog displayed behaviours that corresponded to five emotional states (joy, fear, anger, sadness, and neutral) in a neutral environment. The actions of the robot were developed on the basis of dog expressive behaviours that had been described in previous studies […]