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Inter-species Social Learning in DogsThe Inextricable Roles of Phylogeny and Ontogeny

Monique A. R. Udell, Nicole R. Dorey and Clive D. L. Wynne

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Cognition

Second edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392661
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392661.013.0041

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Inter-species Social Learning in DogsThe Inextricable Roles of Phylogeny and Ontogeny

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Research on the responses of dogs to human cues started only relatively recently, with the publication in 1998 of a study in which dogs were tested for their responsiveness to a human pointing at one of two containers. This chapter concentrates on one relatively simple form of behavioral interaction between human and dog: the object-choice task in which a human points and the dog follows that point to uncover a desirable consequence—usually food. This has proven to be a useful paradigm in which to explore the capacities of dogs, and the origins of those abilities in ontogeny and phylogeny.

Keywords: learning; dogs; social behavior; object choice; associative conditioning; two-stage hypothesis

Article.  8886 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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