Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Size Does Matter: Word-Object Relations in Dogs

In this new study, the scientists presented Gable, a five year old Border Collie, with similar choices to see if this "shape bias" exists in dogs. They found that after a brief training period, Gable learned to associate the name of an object with its size, identifying other objects of similar size by the same name. After a longer period of exposure to both a name and an object, the dog learned to associate a word to other objects of similar textures, but not to objects of similar shape. more

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