Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Studies of dog emotion have focused on the expression of social emotion, either because this is taken to suggest human-like feeling states in dogs or because it has been the most accessible signal of dog emotional processing. I argue for an approach grounded in affective neuroscience, relying on direct measures of physiology across different contexts. This work may be particularly fertile in exploring social emotion in the dog, not because dogs necessarily share human emotional states, but because they are unique in having likely evolved to fit a human social niche.

Author Biography

Peter F. Cook is a comparative psychologist and neuroscientist focused on brain connectivity and ecologically valid study design. He studies memory, rhythm, affect, and behavioral flexibility, mostly in carnivores.