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Peter Cook, Ashley Prichard, Mark Spivak, and Gregory S. Berns, Jealousy in dogs? Evidence from brain imaging


It has long been believed that social emotions such as guilt and jealousy are only expressed in humans. In the case of jealousy, its adaptive value has been linked to the prevention of sexual infidelity or fairness. So why would dogs feel jealousy? I suggest that understanding how social emotions have been bred into dogs can help us understand our own emotions, including their functionality — and potentially their mechanisms.

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Dean Mobbs is a social and affective neuroscientist who works at the intersection of behavioral ecology, economics, emotion, and social psychology. He received his PhD from University College London and is now an assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology. www.deanmobbslab.com