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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Good Dog

Chaser, a border collie, has learned more than 1000 words, showing U.S. researchers that her memory is not only better than theirs, but that she understands quite a bit how language works. The dog learned the names of 1,022 toys, so many that her human trainers had to write on them in marker so that they wouldn't forget. With that repertoire, Chaser has far outpaced another dog, Rico, found by German researchers to be able to grasp about 200 words. Also, Chaser understands that names refer to particular objects, independent of the activity requested involving that object.

2 comments:

  1. What I find more astonishing is how sheep dogs are managing a herd through a parcours. See „sheep dog trials“ in youtube.

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  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin

    She is also very interesting, also what she has to tell about Burrhus Frederic Skinner.

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