Social-Cognitive Skills in Dogs

I have discovered Human Development is one of my favorite courses to teach because of the large number of examples of the course material that can be found in the “real world”. Last fall I was just preparing to teach on infant cognitive development, when I heard an interesting piece on NPR about object permanence in dogs. Domestic dogs (unlike their close relatives, wolves) pick up on social cues given by humans (i.e. finger pointing) much in the same way that young children do. I thought this was interesting and I love dogs, so I hunted down the article from the magazine Science and I use it when I teach about the A-Not-B task. Enjoy!

Like Infant, Like Dog

Tomasello, M. and Kaminski J. (2009). Like Infant, Like Dog. Science, 325, 1213-1214.

-Posted by Cassie

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