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Weeknights at the Wagner - Observing Dogs by Dr. Alexandra Horowitz
Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
An illustrated presentation by Dr. Alexandra Horowitz
begins at 5:30pm
© Libby Hall Collection, Bishopsgate Library, Bishopsgate Institute.
Have you ever wanted to know what your dog was thinking? Why do dogs do what they do and how do they perceive the world? Given that dogs live in an estimated 75 million U.S. households, it is not surprising that we understand dogs by anthropomorphizing their behavior, but a wave of recent studies have given us new, and sometimes surprising, insights into the cognitive abilities and behaviors of man’s best friend. Dr. Alexandra Horowitz will discuss the latest discoveries in this field and her lab’s approach to studying the dog using observational and simple experimental practices that provide a new understanding of the dog’s point of view. Join us to peek inside your dog’s mind.
Dr. Alexandra Horowitz teaches animal behavior, psychology, and canine cognition at Barnard College at Columbia University. The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab, in New York City, is currently studying dog and human play. She is author of the best-selling “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,” and her new book, “On Looking,” was published in January 2013.
Weeknights at the Wagner - The Wagner Free Institute of Science presents five evening lectures each year as part of the Weeknights at the Wagner lecture series. Distinguished scientists and scholars explore current topics in science, history, and art as well as topics that connect to the Institute's history and its museum collection. All lectures begin at 5:30 PM and the Institute is open until 7:00 PM.
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