Brian Hare Explores Canine Cognition

September 10, 2009

Brian Hare, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and DIBS faculty member, studies the cognition of domestic dogs at the Duke Canine Cognition Center, where people bring their pet dogs in to participate in some of the same problem solving games presented to great apes and children. This work was recently featured in TIME Magazine.

The Duke Canine Cognition Center is hoping to understand more about the effect of domestication on dog cognition, identify breed differences in problem solving skills and generally understand the constraints of dog cognition in order to help understand how we might help dogs be more effective companion animals (e.g. for disabled people, detection of substances, etc.). If you would like your dog to participate in the problem solving games or you would just like more information about the Duke Canine Cognition Center, please send an email to dukedogcognition@gmail.com.

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