On the hunt for the gene of perspective taking: pitfalls in methodology

Miklósi, Ádám and Topál, József (2011) On the hunt for the gene of perspective taking: pitfalls in methodology. Learning & Behavior, 39 (4). pp. 310-313. ISSN 1543-4494 (print version) 1543-4508 (electronic version)

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In this commentary, we evaluate the methodology of Udell, Dorey, and Wynne’s (Learning & Behavior, in press) experiment in controlling for environmental factors and argue that their conclusion is not supported. In particular, we emphasise that comparative studies on dogs and wolves need to ensure that both species enjoyed the same rearing history, are comparable in age, and have the same experience with the testing conditions. We also argue that the utilisation of shelter dogs does not control for genetic effects on social behaviour. Finally, we propose a synergetic model to account for both genetic and environmental effects on interspecific social behaviour in dogs and wolves.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative cognition, dog, wolf
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan > BF08 Comparative psychology / összehasonlító pszichol.
Depositing User: Dr József Topál
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 13:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 13:36

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