Dog owners spend a lot of time trying to figure out what goes on in the minds of their beloved pets. I hope to gain some new insights tomorrow after visiting my alma mater for a panel about dog behavior and cognition featuring alum Natalie Angier.
A Scientific Look at Man’s Best Friend
Tuesday, 09/21 6 PM
The Diana Center, Barnard College
They are underfoot, nearly 52 million of them in the U.S.—living in our homes, eating our food, sleeping in (or by) our beds: domestic dogs. But how well do we know this species with which so many of us share our lives? Join Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Natalie Angier ’78 and three leading researchers in dog behavior and cognition for a discussion of what dogs know, understand, and perceive. Best-selling author Ray Coppinger, a founding member of the Hampshire College faculty and emeritus professor of biology, has spent decades working with and studying herding dogs. Clive Wynne, a psychologist at the University of Florida, compares the behavior of dogs to socialized wolves. Barnard’s Alexandra Horowitz, author of The New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, is empirically testing anthropomorphisms that humans make of dogs, while also using scientific results to understand the perspective of the dog
UPDATE: The standing room only panel was an entertaining and educational event. Read an account from the NY Pets Examiner.