Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Research on canine emotions has to deal with challenges quite similar to psychological research on social and emotional development in human infants. In both cases, verbal reports are unattainable, and behavioral and physiological methods have to be adjusted to the specific population. I will argue that both regarding empirical approaches and conceptual work, advances in research on social-cognitive development in human infants can inform the study of canine emotions.

Author Biography

Stefanie Hoehl is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Vienna and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. Her research focuses on social cognition in early human development. entw-psy.univie.ac.at/en/about-us/staff/stefanie-hoehl/