10th July 2006

 

FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS FACE FACTS

 

It is often said that dog owners look like their dogs but do dogs know what their owners really look like?

 

Researchers at the University of Lincoln are carrying out a study to investigate how dogs really see the world as part of their ongoing studies into the similarities between canine and human minds. 

 

The project will help them understand how much they can learn about people from dogs whilst increasing their knowledge of dogs at the same time.

 

In their latest study, they want to address questions such as how dogs examine faces, and what is important to them in a facial expression.

 

This work complements work which was done earlier by parts of the team on young children, which has looked at how facial recognition skills develop in humans.

 

The study involves dogs watching images on a screen, so dogs that like watching the TV will enjoy taking part. The dogs need to be aged between two and seven years old and no bigger than a Labrador.

 

Their eyes should be clearly visible (not too much hair) and not too dark in colour as they need to be able to film their pupils. 

 

The dogs do not have to watch the images for more than a few minutes at a time, with plenty of breaks and rewards. The whole process should take no more than 30 minutes, depending on the co-operation of your dog!

 

If you and your dog are interested in taking part, and are free to come to the university’s Riseholme campus over the next few weeks, or if you would like some more information, please contact Sophie Hall, sohall@lincoln.ac.uk, or Charlotte Hall, chhall@lincoln.ac.uk, or phone 0785 237 0309.

 

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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