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Emotion in dogs: Translational and transformative aspects

By Silvan R Urfer

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Kujala (2017) provides an excellent overview of most aspects of emotion in dogs; however, she does not cover a few fields of research that I think are also relevant to the topic. In this commentary, I discuss the current state of our knowledge regarding cognitive decline and behavioral disorders in dogs as potential models for human neurodegenerative disease and mental illness; how emotion and cognition in dogs interact with sex, gonadectomy, and sexual behavior; as well as the transformative potential of functional MRI imaging of the conscious dog brain in the study of comparative neurophysiology.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2017
Publication Title Animal Sentience
Volume 14
Issue 4
Pages 5
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Behavioral disorders
  3. Cognition
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
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