When: 08/02/2018 12:00am to 09/05/2018 12:00am
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Is your African grey parrot simply repeating a previously heard word or is he using language? Does your dog understand that objects continue to exist even when out of view? In this class, we will cover topics in the field of comparative psychology with an emphasis on current research in dog cognition. Comparative psychologists focus on the evolutionary, developmental, and environmental variables influencing behavior of various species of animals. In this class, we will cover the history of animal behavior and cognition, the role and dangers of anthropomorphism and anthropocentrism, and cover key topics in dog cognition research such as social learning, abstract concepts, communication and language, and theory of mind. Students will be expected to read up to two scientific articles each week as well as additional homework, such as trying out famous experiments on your own (or your friends’) companion animal.
Speaker(s):Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, MS, PhD, CPDT-KA