A group of scientists at Yale created a new research facility in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. It is call the Canine Cognition Center and it is fully dedicated to dogs and their minds. According to the CCC website they devote their time to learning how dogs may solve problems, make decisions, or perceive their environment for example. Some of this information will simply help humans to understand dogs better, and other practical data may help create better service dogs.
Dog owners that are interested in getting involved with Yale’s program can volunteer their pooch to play some games or other activities to help further the studies. These are not invasive studies, in fact simply behavior based. Interested people can go to the Study Participation System and request an account to enter the pup for a study.
CBS New York recently did a report on the Canine Cognition Center and showed some of the types of experiments that were being done at the time. CBS discusses the results and the scientists at Yale, help to confirm so much about dog owners’ intuitions. Dogs are paying attention to their owners. They are observing factors and trying to communicate as well. One of the researchers commented about how in tune dogs are with human emotions, which follows observations by owners as well.
When dog lovers are feeling down, it can be very comforting for the dog to come up and cuddle. It is possible that the dog knows its companion is sad and needs some attention. In order to learn more about these connections between humans and their dogs, Yale has invited thousands of dogs to participate in their studies. As mentioned above, volunteering the family pooch is as easy as signing up.
Can the family dog go to Yale, and get an Ivy League experience? Actually, as long as the dog is up to date on their shots, in healthy condition, and ready for action. Let the pooch show his smarts at Yale by getting involved in some of the most groundbreaking studies on the intelligence and brain processes of dogs.
Laurie Santos is a professor of psychology and cognitive science. She directs the Canine Cognition Lab where she uses studies of non-human and human animals to discover more about the evolution of the human mind make comparisons.
There are so many new studies being done on dogs and their relationships to humans. It may end up showing humanity how it has helped a species evolve, or how both species could have evolved together. So far a number of different studies have shown that dogs affect human hormones and vice-versa, that dogs release some of the same hormones as humans, and that they do have feelings. In upcoming articles, even more will be proven about the human-dog connection to help prove that dogs are more than furry tagalongs, but actually serve a purpose that is extremely healing and valuable to the human race.
Love your dog today, so that he can show you what he is capable of.