Differences in Trait Impulsivity Indicate Diversification of Dog Breeds into Working and Show Lines

A study published this month in Scientific Reports examines impulsivity across Border Collies and Labs bred either for show or for work. Abstract Impulsiveness describes the inability to inhibit behaviour in the presence of salient cues. Trait-level impulsivity exists on a continuum and individual differences can be adaptive in...

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Study: Dopamine involved in learning under both positive and negative reinforcement

A study published this month demonstrates that dopamine is involved in learning under both positive and negative reinforcement contingencies. A summary of this research, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is provided here: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/uops-bsn022916.php U of Penn’s original release of the study is here: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2016/02/dani/ And the original paper...

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Research Paper Summary: Behavioral Assessment of Child-Directed Canine Aggression

A brief report titled Behavioral Assessment of Child-Directed Canine Aggression by Reisner, Shofer, and Nance (2007) provides some demographic data on child-directed dog bites that include bite circumstances and dog characteristics. In their 2007 paper titled Behavioral Assessment of Child-Directed Canine Aggression, Reisner et al. report case data obtained...

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