Disambiguating the “guilty look”: Salient prompts to a familiar dog behaviour

@article{Horowitz2009DisambiguatingT,
  title={Disambiguating the “guilty look”: Salient prompts to a familiar dog behaviour},
  author={Alexandra Horowitz},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={2009},
  volume={81},
  pages={447-452}
}
Anthropomorphisms are regularly used by owners in describing their dogs. Of interest is whether attributions of understanding and emotions to dogs are sound, or are unwarranted applications of human psychological terms to non-humans. One attribution commonly made to dogs is that the "guilty look" shows that dogs feel guilt at doing a disallowed action. In the current study, this anthropomorphism is empirically tested. The behaviours of 14 domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) were videotaped over a… Expand

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