20th September 2007

 

Is your dog a copy cat?

 

The ability to learn new behaviours by copying the actions of others was once thought to be unique to humans; however researchers have begun to discover evidence to suggest that dogs may also have this ability.

 

The University of Lincoln’s Professor Daniel Mills is teaming up with Dr Adam Miklosi to further investigate the dogs’ ability to learn by imitation. The pair will lead a course in April next year aimed at exploring and demonstrating the abilities of the canine mind when it comes to social learning.

 

Dr Miklosi, Head of the Department of Ethology at the Eötvös University in Budapest, previously led research which has provided evidence to support the theory that dogs trained to copy human actions, using the ‘do-as-I-do’ paradigm, show some imitative abilities and it is possible for them to match observed and replicated behaviours.

 

The course will build on this through the inclusion of lectures, seminars and practical sessions aimed at exploring the social learning abilities of dogs.

 

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Canine Social Learning course should contact Hannah Wright at the University of Lincoln on 01522 895473 or email hwright@lincoln.ac.uk

 

 

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(01522) 886042 sgayler@lincoln.ac.uk

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