June 18, 2020

A New Scientific Study May Cause Dogs to Suffer.

Originally published in slightly different form on August 10, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com. 

Three Levels

In a recent article, Marc Bekoff has said that dogs—these amazing animals we love so much—have what’s called a Theory of Mind, a theoretical construct used by cognitive researchers to determine where a particular species’ forms of cognition lie on the evolutionary and psychological scale.

In the study Dr. B...

January 3, 2017

Why Do Most Dognitive Scientists See Canine Behavior Through a Human Lens?

Staring Contest?

Wolves, Buffalo, and The Circle of Life
In a 2013 episode of Nature—“Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo”—wildlife filmmaker Jeff Turner used both land and aerial cameras to get some spectacular footage of the daily lives of a pack of wolves living in Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the border between Alberta and British Columbia and is 5 times the s...

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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