This interview originally aired live on January 31, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.
Alexandra Horowitz teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College and is the author of Inside of a Dog and now On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes. She tells what she learned walking the city with "experts" -- including a geologist, an artist, and her dog.
For many of us, dogs are loyal friends and companions, but we know very little about how they see the world. On this week's Please Explain, we look at what we know about how dogs perceive the world and how dogs can be trained to help in search and rescue efforts.We’re joined by John Bradshaw, the Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol and the author of Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet and Alexandra Horowitz, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Barnard College and Director of the Dog Cognition Lab and the author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know.
A story published this week reports that Chinese archaeologists have found nearly-intact mummies of people who lived in a desolate desert in Northwestern China nearly 4,000 years ago. But they were not Chinese. DNA evidence from these long dead people shows that they were in fact of European descent. Also this week, geneticists announced that man's best friend split from the wolves about 15,000 years ago in the Middle East.
Communicating across species -- from bringing pets to church, to a rescued whale that may have found a way to say thanks.