Research with dogs
A major research goal of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, is to answer questions about the evolutionary history of a broad range of biological and cultural phenomena with cutting-edge analytical and bioinformatics methods. Among other topics the evolution of different cognitive processes will be investigated.
For a number of reasons, the domestic dog (Canis familiaris) is a very interesting model for investigating different questions regarding the evolution of cognitive abilities. The fact that dogs have been living with humans for at least 15.000 years may have led to the selection of cognitive abilities by humans or even the co-evolution of dogs’ cognitive abilities with those of humans. We know from different studies that dogs are sensitive to the attentional state of humans. We also know that dogs understand communicative cues. This ability has not been found in nonhuman primates and wolves.
Registration for studies
If you and your dog would like to take part in our dog research, we would be happy to register you in our database to invite you to one of our studies. For this purpose, please fill in this registration form and send it to the following address:
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Kahlaische Strasse 10
07745 Jena, Germany
or by email to: hundestudienshh.mpg.de
with subject: Registration of a dog
You can also phone us if you have questions or would like to register your dog:
Juliane Bräuer +49 (0)3641/ 686 935.
or visit us at facebook: facebook.com/Hundestudien/