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Animal Sentience

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Jennifervonk.com

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Peter Cook, Ashley Prichard, Mark Spivak, and Gregory S. Berns, Jealousy in dogs? Evidence from brain imaging

Abstract

Cook and colleagues (2018) have developed a clever method to measure fMRI in awake dogs in response to a number of interesting stimuli. As a result, they are able to determine neural correlates of observable behavior. They report that dogs may experience something akin to jealousy because they show greater amygdala activation in response to food being given to a fake dog versus food being placed in a bucket. However, several critical controls are missing which prevent the authors from being able to speak of jealousy.

Author Biography

Jennifer Vonk is a professor of Psychology at Oakland University. She studies various aspects of cognition in a wide range of species. She is also interested in assessing animal welfare in captive settings. Jennifervonk.com


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