Science Café - How Smart Are Animals, Particularly Dogs? - Sept. 19, 2011

News item published on: 2011-09-12 15:17:24

New research is showing that our "best friend" is smarter than ever thought. Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Southern Miss Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, will discuss research on canine cognition and communication, as well as correlations between dog and human behavior at the next Science Café Monday, September 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Dog research is just getting started, but hopes are high that this animal, so long ignored by science, may give us new insights into how learning works and offer a unique window into the evolution of the mind.

Held in the art gallery next to the Starbucks coffee shop at Cook Library, The Science Café series offers those with minimal or no background in science the chance to meet and discuss scientific issues in layman's terms in a relaxed social setting. A member of the Southern Miss faculty shares his or her expertise at each session with a presentation and short NOVA video. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Tracy Englert at 601.266.6396 or via e-mail. Additional information can be found at the PBS Nova website.