January 10, 2017

“In recent years, there has been a massive introduction of equipment that emits electromagnetic fields in an enormous range of new frequencies, modulations and intensities. Since living organisms have only recently found themselves immersed in this new and increasingly ubiquitous environment, they have not had an opportunity to adapt to it.” 

   — Allan Frey, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 1993.

Behavioral Anomalies

A few years...

January 3, 2017

A Common Behavior in Dogs, Seen From a Neo-Freudian Perspective?

I was inspired to revive this post by a recent article, written by positive trainer Eileen Anderson, concerning what's commonly known as the opposition reflex, which in dogs manifests as a tendency to pull in the opposite direction when they're pushed into a sit position, for instance, or feel any tension or pressure on the collar.

Anderson rightly questions the terminology: is it really a refle...

January 3, 2017

If Dogs "Steal" Food Does That Automatically Mean They Have a Theory of Mind?

I've Got a Case of the Munchies—I Hope No One's Looking...

Perspective Taking?

In a recent post here I discussed a 2013 study which purports to show that dogs only steal food when the lights are off. It was based on several previous research projects designed to determine if dogs have the ability to entertain points-of-view other than their own—in other words, the capacity to see thi...

January 3, 2017

Conscious Intent or the Unconscious Expression of Emotion?

Linda Case is a science writer and clicker trainer. She writes a popular blog titled “The Science Dog.” In a recent post, Case wrote about a new study on play in dogs, one of the best studies I’ve come across in years. For the most part, the conclusions drawn by the researchers are quite good. This is the only thing that seemed questionable to me:

“More than 98 percent, virtually all, of the play bows...

January 2, 2017

Field of Vision vs Line of Sight

What People Notice That Dogs Don’t, What Dogs Notice That People Don’t

Theory of mind is a scientific construct developed by David Premack and Guy Woodruff. There are essentially three levels. The first level is the capacity to know that other beings have the same sensory abilities that you do, which carries with it the capacity to realize that others may also see, hear, feel and experience things differently from the way you...

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