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

Abstract

Jealous behavior is the manifestation of complex behavioral interactions initiated by an individual who aims to maintain an important social relationship that is threatened by a rival. Researchers prefer to focus on the emotion thought to control this behavior, “jealousy,” before understanding the mechanisms of the behavior. Researchers conducting recent behavioral studies on jealous behavior in dogs are still struggling to find strong experimental evidence. Thus, the positive correlation between amygdala activation and reported aggression in dogs described in Cook et al.’s target article is far from constituting evidence for “jealousy” in dogs.

Author Biography

Judit Abdai is a doctoral candidate working currently as an assistant research fellow at the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group in Hungary. Her main interest is in animal-robot interaction. Website

Ádám Miklósi, Professor and Head, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, is leader of the Comparative Ethology Research Group funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as well as co-founder and leader of the Family Dog Project, and author of the book Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition. Website

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