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Mind-reading pooches

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RESEARCHER­S have discovered dogs possess basic mind-reading abilities based on an understand­ing of whether a human’s actions are deliberate or not.

The study suggests dogs can master a component of the Theory of Mind – the ability to read others’ intentions – which was previously regarded as uniquely human.

“The dogs in our study clearly behaved differentl­y depending on whether the actions of a human experiment­er were intentiona­l or unintentio­nal,” University of Göttingen study author Britta Schünemann said. Fellow author Hannes Rakoczy said “this suggests that dogs may indeed be able to identify humans’ intention-in-action”.

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