Going to the Dogs - an Evening of Canine Science

You are invited to join the Department of Psychology and the Canine Science Collaboratory as we present our first evening of canine science for the public, Going to the Dogs - an Evening of Canine Science.  This year's Dog Talks will include presentations on how dogs understand, love, and have the potential to heal us. Admission and parking are free!

February 25, 2014   
5:00pm - 7:00pm

A reception in the lobby of the TCA will follow the presentations where our speakers will be available to meet the audience and sign copies of their recently released books, Animal Cognition: Evolution, Behavior and Cognition (Wynne) and How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain  (Berns).


Meet the 2014 Canine Scientists

Arizona State University
Clive Wynne joined Arizona State University as a Professor of Psychology in summer 2013 and immediately founded the Canine Science Collaboratory – an interdisciplinary group dedicated to understanding the behavior and cognition of man’s best friend. He also serves as Director of Research for Wolf Park, Indiana. Dr. Wynne was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts, a mouse-sized marsupial. Several years ago he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab at the University of Florida, dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is the author of Do Animals Think? And, most recently, a new edition of Animal Cognition: Evolution, Behavior and Cognition. He is also editor in chief of the journal Behavioural ProcessesRead More.


Emory University
Gregory Berns is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics at Emory University, where he directs the Center for Neuropolicy. Dr. Berns specializes in the use of brain imaging technologies to understand human – and now, canine – motivation and decision-making. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense and has published over 60 peer-reviewed original research articles. For the last 2 years, Berns has pursued his dream of using fMRI to decode what dogs really think. Partnering with a dog trainer, Berns’ group has trained a team of volunteer dogs to hold still in the MRI. The data they are collecting is revealing startling insights about how the brains of our canine friends work. Read More.  


Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University
Matthew Breen completed his PhD in cytogenetics in 1990 and then worked at the UK Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh developing new techniques as part of the emerging human genome project. After four years at the University of Queensland, Australia, he returned to the UK in 1996 where he developed molecular cytogenetics reagents, resources and techniques for canine genome mapping and cancer studies. In 2002 Dr. Breen relocated his laboratory to NCSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine where his research interests have continued to focus on comparative genomics, genome mapping, and the study of canine cancer. Dr. Breen is a member of the NCSU Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research, the Cancer Genetics Program at the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is a visiting scientist wit the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Dr. Breen has published over 130 peer reviewed scientific publications, and was awarded the Asa Mays Award for Excellence in Canine Health Research. In 2009 Dr. Breen was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Biology.  Read More.

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