The following is a script of "The Smartest Dog in the World" which aired on Oct. 5, 2014. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta, producer. Human beings have lived with dogs for thousands of years. You'd think that after all that time we'd have discovered all there is to know about them.
UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Understanding what's being said in any new research can be challenging and there are some common mistakes that people make. Have you ever tried to interpret some new research to work out what the study means in the grand scheme of things?
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Julie Hecht is a canine behavioral researcher and science writer in New York City. She would really like to meet your dog. Follow on Twitter@DogSpies. Grover Krantz was onto something when he had his remains donated to science.
How do parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) perceive the value of assistance dogs? It's a new area of research for Louise Burgoyne at the University College Cork in Ireland. Louise holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, a Masters in Marketing and a Bachelor of Art in Applied Psychology.
Animals are increasingly being used in a range of social work settings and extant research demonstrates they can offer a wide range of benefits to humans. With other professions, social work is oriented towards caring for people but does not officially recognise (non-human) animals.
And what does it tell us about the importance of people to their dogs? New fMRI research by Gregory Berns et al (in press) shows that dog's brains respond differently to the smell of a familiar human compared to an unfamiliar human and other canines - suggesting that certain people are special to their dogs.
Friday #caninesci shoutout to @thedogproject's Gregory Berns for highlighting that dogs' brains respond differently to familiar and unfamiliar people, and dogs #fmri #cognition #dogs #openaccess #olfaction bit.ly/dogmri
It's an almost impossible situation. Shelters need to avoid putting an aggressive dog up for adoption, but how can they discover that dog's true behavior? Nine-and-a-half times out of 10, they have no information about the dog's behavior in a home environment, or in any other environment, for that matter.
Or do show dogs and field dogs vary in temperament? It's often said there are personality differences between Labrador Retrievers bred to show (conformation dogs) and those bred to work (field dogs). And chocolate labs have a reputation for being different than black and yellow labs. Is it true?
For centuries, mankind and canines have suffered from a communication failure. We can tell dogs what we want them to do and sometimes they comply, but we've always struggled when it comes to understanding the true meaning of their barks and whimpers. Until now!
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Julie Hecht is a canine behavioral researcher and science writer in New York City. She would really like to meet your dog. Follow on Twitter@DogSpies. This past weekend, I saw Heather Graham wearing cut-off shorts with lacy black tights.
And is dog-walking a good way to persuade people to take more exercise? We know that most people do not get the 150 minutes of exercise per week that is recommended. Could encouraging people to walk their dogs more often help, and if so, how best to go about it?
Dogs and cats have both advantages and disadvantages for street-involved youth. Research by Michelle Lem et al (University of Guelph) asks homeless young people (aged 18-24) what their pet means to them. Previous studies have focussed on the benefits to homeless people of owning a dog or cat.
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The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Julie Hecht is a canine behavioral researcher and science writer in New York City. She would really like to meet your dog. Follow on Twitter@DogSpies. A picture of a dog mid-sneeze is delightful.