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Researchers, not dogs, lack control in an experiment on jealousy

By Jennifer Vonk

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Abstract

Cook and colleagues (2018) have developed a clever method to measure fMRI in awake dogs in response to a number of interesting stimuli. As a result, they are able to determine neural correlates of observable behavior. They report that dogs may experience something akin to jealousy because they show greater amygdala activation in response to food being given to a fake dog versus food being placed in a bucket. However, several critical controls are missing which prevent the authors from being able to speak of jealousy.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2018
Publication Title Animal Sentience
Volume 3
Pages 4
DOI 10.51291/2377-7478.1326
URL https://www.wellbeingintlstudiesrepository.org/animsent/vol3/iss22/2/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Dogs
  4. Emotions
  5. Human-animal interactions
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
  8. researchers
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