Auditory–visual matching of conspecifics and non-conspecifics by dogs and human infants

Anna Gergely, Eszter Petró, K. Oláh, J. Topál

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17
JournalAnimals
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2019

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    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • veterinary(all)

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    Auditory–visual matching of conspecifics and non-conspecifics by dogs and human infants. / Gergely, Anna; Petró, Eszter; Oláh, K.; Topál, J.

    In: Animals, Vol. 9, No. 1, 17, 01.01.2019.

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