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Auditory–Visual Matching of Conspecifics and Non-Conspecifics by Dogs and Human Infants

By Anna Gergely, Eszter Petró, Katalin Oláh, József Topál

Category Journal Articles

We tested whether dogs and 14–16-month-old infants are able to integrate intersensory information when presented with conspecific and heterospecific faces and vocalisations. The looking behaviour of dogs and infants was recorded with a non-invasive eye-tracking technique while they were concurrently presented with a dog and a female human portrait accompanied with acoustic stimuli of female human speech and a dog’s bark. Dogs showed evidence of both con- and heterospecific intermodal matching, while infants’ looking preferences indicated effective auditory–visual matching only when presented with the audio and visual stimuli of the non-conspecifics. The results of the present study provided further evidence that domestic dogs and human infants have similar socio-cognitive skills and highlighted the importance of comparative examinations on intermodal perception.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publication Title Animals
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 12
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani9010017
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Cognition
  3. Dogs
  4. Infants
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Pets and companion animals
  1. open access