Research in the past two decades has shown that dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) as a result of selection pressures during domestication, have evolved an understanding of human forms of communication not to be found in other species (including chimpanzees and wolves). Selection pressures during domestication not only shape animals’ morphology but also animals’ behavior and cognitive processes. The so-called domestication hypothesis claims that one domain in which domestic dogs have especially adapted to the human environment is in their ability to flexibly follow human forms of communication (gestural and vocal).
This webinar will summarise research, which seems to support the hypothesis that dogs have specifically adapted to the human in this domain.
Dr. Juliane Kaminski is a Senior lecturer in the psychology department of the University of Portsmouth,England. Before that she was the group leader of the research group “Evolutionary Roots of Human Social Interaction” at the Max Planck Institute for evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/ Germany where she also completed her PhD in 2005. She was also a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College and a member of the Experimental Psychology lab of Cambridge University.