Lecture day in Drenthe on the intelligence of dogs

Together with some sweet people in the north I have been able to organize a lecture day in Drenthe! On Sunday 27 January 2013 I will give a full day of lecturing about the recent studies on the intelligence of dogs. We’ve found a beautiful location in Zwiggelte. The number of admissions is limited, so be sure to register quickly!

IMG_8298cropDescription of the lecture day: In the past 18 years many new and exciting studies have been carried out on the intelligence or cognition of dogs. Special institutes for intelligence research with dogs have been set up at universities all over the world: the Family Dog Project at the University of Budapest (Adam Miklosi), the department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthroplogy at the University of Leipzig (Juliane Kaminski and Michael Tomasello), the Clever Dog Lab at the University of Vienna (Ludwig Huber), and the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University in the USA (Brian Hare). During the lecture day on January 27 I will discuss the results of all these recent studies with dogs. Central themes are the social and physical intelligence of dogs. Subjects that will be presented are, amongst others: Do dogs understand what humans see, hear or know? What do dogs learn by social observation, is there evidence for imitation in dogs? Do dogs understand human communicative signals, such as pointing and gaze direction? How much evidence exists regarding empathy in dogs? What are the results of language research with dogs? Are dogs able to understand human words? What does dogs’ physical intelligence consists of, what do they know about their physical environment? Are dogs aware that objects keep existing (object permanence), can dogs count? How do they behave in exciting studies such as the magic cup? As usual, the lecture will be accompanied by lots of pictures and several interesting short films of these studies. The language at the lecture day will be Dutch.

Practical information: The day will start at 11.00 and will end at 17.30. It will be held at Logement In Den Groene Specht, Hoofdstraat 13, in Zwiggelte in Drenthe. Zwiggelte can be reached from most places in the four northern provinces within 100 kilometers. It can only be reached by car, but if you are dependent on public transport we can probably arrange something for you. Registration fee: 55 euro, including lunch, coffee and tea. A vegetarian or vegan lunch can be arranged. In order to register, send a message to Wendi van Voorst at wendi@shunka.nl

See you this January in Drenthe!

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Filed under Animal Cognition, Language research with animals, Lectures and courses

2 responses to “Lecture day in Drenthe on the intelligence of dogs

  1. Super interesting and thought-provoking. I don’t think we know the half of a dog’s mind:)

  2. Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the superb work!

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