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 […]
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, […]
New FDP paper in the Journal of Comparative Psychology!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Péter et. al investigated dogs’ performance in an object search tasks in an ostensive context.
Petró et al. investigated whether dogs are able to recognise the different roles of two UMOs (unidentified moving object) and are able to adjust their communicative behaviour towards them. Dogs’ rapid adjustment of social behaviour towards UMOs suggests that dogs may generalise their experiences with humans to unfamiliar agents and are able to select the […]
Fugazza et al. tested pet dogs trained with the Do as I Do method for their ability to imitate human actions after retention intervals ranging from 1 to 24 hours. For comparison, another twelve dogs were tested for the same actions without delay between demonstration and recall. Our test consisted of a modified version of the […]
This is a very busy (and luckily polific) summer for the FDP group! Abdai et al. investigated whether the social bias in dogs is restricted to human partners.