Thursday, June 11, 2009

What really prompts the dog's "guilty look"

Whether the dogs demeanor included elements of the guilty look had little to do with whether the dogs had actually eaten the forbidden treat or not
What dog owner has not come home to a broken vase or other valuable items and a guilty-looking dog slouching around the house? By ingeniously setting up conditions where the owner was misinformed as to whether their dog had really committed an offense, Alexandra Horowitz, Assistant Professor from Barnard College in New York, uncovered the origins of the “guilty look” in dogs in the recently published “Canine Behaviour and Cognition” Special Issue of Elsevier’s Behavioural Processes.

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Via: PhysOrg

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