The domestication of social cognition in dogs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Dogs are more skillful than great apes at a number of tasks in which they must read human communicative signals indicating the location of hidden food. In this study, we found that wolves who were raised by humans do not show these same skills, whereas domestic dog puppies only a few weeks old, even those that have had little human contact, do show these skills. These findings suggest that during the process of domestication, dogs have been selected for a set of social-cognitive abilities that enable them to communicate with humans in unique ways.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hare, B; Brown, M; Williamson, C; Tomasello, M

Published Date

  • November 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 298 / 5598

Start / End Page

  • 1634 - 1636

PubMed ID

  • 12446914

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-9203

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0036-8075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1126/science.1072702


  • eng