Comment on "Differential sensitivity to human communication in dogs, wolves, and human infants"

Science. 2010 Jul 9;329(5988):142; author reply 142. doi: 10.1126/science.1187748.


Topál et al. (Reports, 4 September 2009, p. 1269) showed that dogs, like infants but unlike wolves, make perseverative search errors that can be explained by the use of ostensive cues from the experimenter. We suggest that a simpler learning process, local enhancement, can account for errors made by dogs.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Communication
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal*
  • Cognition
  • Communication*
  • Cues
  • Dogs*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Learning
  • Nonverbal Communication*
  • Research Design
  • Social Behavior*