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This presentation will first give some background information on a study about dogs' perception of human faces. Then explain the testing of dogs with an automated procedure at a touchscreen apparatus, and argue why our study, unlike others published before, convincingly shows that at least some dogs can discriminate emotional expressions in human faces, even when these are shown on two-dimensional photographs and by people who the dogs had never encountered before. Finally, it will deal with a number of misinterpretations of the results that were presented in the mainstream media and outline future work arising from the study. Webinar Objectives Get up to date with the current knowledge about how dogs perceive human faces and what information dogs extract from these stimuli. Understand the difference between discrimination and recognition. Comprehend the purpose of and need for carefully controlled experimental studies to rule out alternative explanations for observed behaviour. Learn about modern, non-invasive methods in state-of-the art research on dog behaviour and cognition. Acquire a critical attitude towards media reports about results of primary research.
Sponsor:Pet Professional Guild
Speaker(s):**Dr. Corsin M?ller