Julia Espinosa challenges the anthropocentric view of how nonhuman animals sense and perceive the world, using domestic dogs as an example. Humans often view dogs as little humans. Yet, they are vastly different in some sensory abilities, such as sight and smell. By critically examining our assumptions about animal abilities, we can change how we view ourselves as well as our relationships to other animals. Prior to her PhD studies, Julia obtained an MSc in Animal Biosciences from the University of Guelph and has worked as veterinary assistant and dog trainer. Julia’s background in neuroscience, animal welfare, and dog behaviour have given her a unique position from which to investigate questions about animal cognition. Initially motivated to study animal minds in preparation for a career in veterinary medicine, she transitioned to psychology to focus on understanding the evolutionary origins of cognitive processes and emotions, particularly in man’s best friend.
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