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DOG COGNITION SCIENTIST TO GIVE
PETFOOD FORUM 2018 KEYNOTE
Image courtesy Brian Hare, PhD.
Dogs observe, understand and react to the world in ways
that may shed light on their owners' minds. Brian Hare,
PhD, associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at
Duke University, studies dogs' cognition to learn more about
humans. Hare will present the closing keynote address at
Petfood Forum 2018.
Hare's research seeks to explain how dogs' brains understand their surroundings using their sight, smell and other
senses. As pets, dogs' owners and other humans influence
their behavior, Hare studies how dogs interact with humans.
Dognition dog behavior database
To increase the amount of dog behavioral data he has to
work with, Hare founded Dognition. Dognition's website
allows dogs owners to evaluate their pooches using 10 games.
These games test dogs' empathy, communication, cunning,
memory, reasoning and other factors.
Dognition results feed into Hare's database. By collecting
cognition observations from thousands of dog-owning citizen
scientists, Hare dramatically increased the size of his test
sample, which provided results that more accurately represent
Biography of Hare
At Duke University in North Carolina, Hare is a core
member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He
received his doctorate from Harvard University, founded
the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max
Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and subsequently created the Duke Canine Cognition Center.
Hare has co-authored three books and published more
than 100 scientific papers including in Science, Nature and
PNAS. His work has been featured on television shows
including "60 Minutes," "NOVA" and "Nature" as well as
the series "Is your dog a genius?" that he hosted for National
Hare's book, "The Genius of Dogs," written with his wife
Vanessa Woods, was a New York Times bestseller. Their
new book, "Survival of the Friendliest," will be published by
Random House in 2018.
Petfood Forum 2018
At Petfood Forum 2018, Hare will present more details
on his discoveries about dog cognition, along with what his
canine studies taught him about humans.
Petfood Forum provides an opportunity for pet food
professionals from around the world to network, exchange
ideas and do business with one another and with the industry's leading pet food manufacturers and suppliers. Petfood
Forum 2018 will take place at the Kansas City Convention
Center in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on April 23 -25, 2018.
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