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13 June 2011

Can dogs read our minds?

The way that dogs come to respond to the level of people's attentiveness tells us something about the ways dogs think and learn about human behaviour.

Can dogs read our minds? How do they learn to beg for food or behave badly primarily when we're not looking?

Do dogs infer humans' mental states by observing their appearance and behaviour under various circumstances and then respond accordingly? Or do they learn from experience by responding to environmental cues, the presence or absence of certain stimuli, or even human behavioural cues? Udell and colleagues' work sheds some light on these questions.

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