Category: Sciences

Evaluating Research

by Patience Fisher

Every behavior consultant knows not to rely on a client’s description of a pet’s behavior—you have to see that behavior yourself. Trained eyes see differently. This is just as true for analyzing research studies. It is important to understand the underlying principles of research to see what the research really shows. In this article, I explain that causation and correlation studies seek different answers. I also discuss the inherent limitations of even a well-done study.

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Pawsimony: Pitch Please

by Jesse Miller

This video pops up every so often on social media as new groups find it and, um, chime in. The claim is, this is a demonstration that dogs have “perfect pitch.” If that were true, the dogs would have to be choosing which keys to press based on which notes the trainer is playing. This would make playing the keys an instance of social learning.

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