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Response to Comments on “Differential Sensitivity to Human Communication in Dogs, Wolves, and Human Infants”

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Science  09 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5988, pp. 142
DOI: 10.1126/science.1184152

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The comments by Fiset and Marshall-Pescini et al. raise important methodological issues and propose alternative accounts for our finding of perseverative search errors in dogs. Not denying that attentional processes and local enhancement are involved in such object search tasks, we provide here new evidence and argue that dogs’ behavior is affected by a combination of factors, including specific susceptibility to human communicative signals.

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