Review of "Neural mechanisms for lexical processing in dogs" by Andics et al. (2016)


  • Marije Soto UERJ/IDOR - Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro/Instituto D'Or de Pesquisa e Ensino



The publication of the article Neural mechanisms for lexical processing in dogs written by a team of Hungarian researchers in the widely read magazine Science last August immediately sparked a series of sensationalist headlines, ranging from the tentative Dogs May Understand Even More Than We Thought (Scientific American) to the more emphatic Your Dog Knows Exactly What You're Saying (National Geographic). While dog owners around the globe let out a sigh of relief when they found out their caring and encouraging words had not fallen on deaf ears after all, most scientists -- dogless or otherwise - were more skeptical (“Lexical Processing” -- by Dogs?, Psychology Today). And rightly so.