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Making inferences about the location of hidden food: social dog, causal ape.
The overall pattern of performance by the 2 genera strongly supported this social-dog, causal-ape hypothesis, and was discussed in terms of apes' adaptations for complex, extractive foraging and dogs' adaptations, during the domestication process, for cooperative communication with humans.
Word Learning in a Domestic Dog: Evidence for "Fast Mapping"
Evidence that a border collie, Rico, is able to fast map is provided, showing that he inferred the names of novel items by exclusion learning and correctly retrieved those items right away as well as 4 weeks after the initial exposure.
Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are sensitive to the attentional state of humans.
Dogs behaved in clearly different ways in most of the conditions in which the human did not watch them compared with the control condition, in which she did.
Body orientation and face orientation: two factors controlling apes’ begging behavior from humans
A number of animal species have evolved the cognitive ability to detect when they are being watched by other individuals. Precisely what kind of information they use to make this determination is
How dogs know when communication is intended for them.
The importance of eye contact in human-dog communication is demonstrated and, to a lesser extent, the calling of the dog's name is demonstrated--with no difference between adult dogs and young puppies--which are precisely the communicative cues used by human infants for identifying communicative intent.