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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition$
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Adam Miklosi

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295852

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295852.001.0001

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Dogs in historical perspective, and conceptual issues of the study of their behaviour

Dogs in historical perspective, and conceptual issues of the study of their behaviour

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(p.1) CHAPTER 1 Dogs in historical perspective, and conceptual issues of the study of their behaviour
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Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition
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Ádám Miklósi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295852.003.0001

Dogs have always been the focus of human interest about nature. In many cultures they even won the ‘prestigious’ title of being man's best friend, whilst in others dogs did not receive such sympathy from humans. This chapter reviews the history of dogs in science and puts the study of dogs into an ethological perspective that is interested in questions on function and evolution of behaviour in parallel with understanding behavioural mechanism and development. Comparative investigations lie at the heart of the study of dogs, and the chapter provides an overview on theoretical problems associated with the comparative method.

Keywords:   behaviourism, comparative psychology, cognitive ethology, mental models, parsimony

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