Door or detour? This is the question – and dogs know the answer!
Imagine yourself facing a dilemma in which a tempting treat is seemingly out of reach, because between you and the reward, there is an obstacle. To make...
Dog brains are tuned to female’s dog-directed speec
Dogs show greater brain sensitivity to the speech directed at them than to adult-directed speech, especially if spoken by women.
Would you detour with me? – Well, that depends on the dog breed!
A new study from the Department of Ethology, showed that dogs may not equally benefit from observing the ‘helpful action’ of a human demonstrator in the...
The brains of modern dog breeds are larger than those of ancient breeds
Modern dog breeds that are genetically more distant from wolves have a relatively larger brain size compared to ancient breeds that are thousands of years...
The wilderness is calling – Will your dog answer?
Researchers of the Department of Ethology have been investigating dog's reactions to wolf howls, results were published in Communications Biology.
Dogs show things to humans but pigs do not
This study shows that directing human's attention to interesting locations may not be something that every domestic animal can do.
Presentation has been awarded to Rita Lenkei
Rita Lenkei has been awarded the biannual Tamás Roska Scientific presentation opportunity in the biology category.
Senior Dogs: a series of portraits of six elderly and special dogs
We have created a series of portraits of the senior dogs closest to our hearts. They have participated in our dog-wolf comparison studies in 2003. Füli,...
Conversation between Vilmos Csányi and Ádám Miklósi
Vilmos Csányi and Ádám Miklósi - the founder and current head of the Department of Ethology at ELTE - are interviewed by Enikő Kubinyi.
Unique Video Series On The Everyday Life Of Ethologists At Elte
Researchers from the Department of Ethology have come up with a six-part film series on dogs, pigs and children.
Do wolves sleep like dogs?
Researchers at the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, measured the sleep of the dog’s wild counterpart, the wolf for the first...
Different levels of dog-owner bond are reflected in dogs’ sleep
The sleep pattern of dogs who slept in a new place with their owner was influenced by the dog-owner attachment bond.
Who am I hearing? - Species differentiation in dogs revealed by non-invasive...
New insight has been gained into the neural processing of auditory information in dogs, revealed by researchers at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest.
Dog personality and dominance – finding the link between two distant concepts
The definition and usefulness of the terms ‘dominance’, ‘rank’ and ‘hierarchy’ became the subject of intense debate
Dog brains can distinguish between languages
Dog brains can detect speech, and show different activity patterns to a familiar and an unfamiliar language.
Dogs learn about word boundaries as human infants do
Dogs extract words from continuous speech using similar computations and brain regions as humans do.
Similar neural mechanisms?
In dogs, just like in human infants, attachment is associated with reward-related brain responses to the caregiver’s speech.
I, the obstacle – dogs show body-awareness
A new study revealed that dogs understand the relationship between their body and the environment in a problem solving task.
Positive association between sleep spindle density and learning success
The trait density (estimated through averaged occurrence) is a more reliable predictor of cognitive performance than estimates based on single measures.
Dogs may never learn that every sound of a word matters
A Research Group at the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest measuring brain activity with non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) on awake dogs.
Dogs are man’s, while pigs are only their owner’s best friend?
Researchers at ELTE Department of Ethology compared how 4-month old companion dogs and companion pigs seek human proximity in a novel environment.
Comparing canine brains using 3D-endocast modelling
Researchers at ELTE Eötvös Loránd and Kaposvár University in Hungary reconstructed the surface morphology of 28 canine brains.
From puppyhood to senior age: Different personality traits age differently
Dogs’ personality changes over time, but these changes occur unevenly during the dogs’ life.
Wolves attached – Adult wolves miss their human handler
Adult, intensively socialised wolves form individualized social bonds with their human handlers.
Dog and human brains process faces differently
Researchers discovered striking similarities and differences in how dog and human brains process visual information about others.
Comparing the controllability of young hand-raised wolves and dogs
Hungarian researchers at the Family Dog Project, ELTE assessed the development of tractability in hand-raised wolves and similarly raised
Gut microbiome composition is associated with age and memory performance...
Dogs’ aging mechanism and memory performance are also linked to their gut microbiome composition
Assistance and therapy dogs are better problem solvers
The special training of assistance and therapy dogs to actively help people favor their independent and more successful problem-solving performance
Unique genes of canine “centenarians”
New research identified gene variants unique to two Methuselah dogs (aged 22 and 27 years) which could not be found in 850 dogs of average age
“First-night effect” in dogs How well would you sleep in a sleep lab?
Researchers at the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University investigated whether the so-called first-night effect
New study about cats’ social understanding capacity
Cats’ performance showed an almost completely different distribution of perseverative erring than earlier was shown in dogs and human infants.
Are dog brains into human faces?
Researchers of the Department of Ethology investigated neural processes for face perception in dogs using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Pet dogs’ personality traits change across the lifespan
Dogs differ in personality and their personality changes across the lifespan from puppyhood to old age.
Selective hearing: Old dogs only listen to what they want to hear
The latest research of the Senior Family Dog Project investigated how dogs’ reactivity changes with age toward different sounds.
Dogs’ brain never rests
The latest research of the Senior Family Dog Project, published in Scientific Reports, investigated resting-state networks in awake dogs.
Do pigs communicate with us as dogs do?
Researchers compared the human-oriented communicative behaviour of young dogs and miniature pigs living in human families.
Once adaptive – now annoying. Nuisance barks revisited
According to an illustrated encyclopedia for children, the dog is “an animal with fur that wags its tail and barks”.
Sensory impairments and training in aging dogs
The Senior Family Dog Project investigated the relationship with a questionnaire between sensory impairments and behaviour.
Dogs try to make sense of what we expect from them
Dogs living in our families often observe our actions, but do they understand why we do what we do?
Carrot or sausage? Which one would your dog choose?
In our new study we show that when it comes about being motivated by food reward, obese dogs show similar attitudes to overweight human patients.
The influence of lifestyle on Bali dogs' behaviour
New research from Eötvös Loránd University reveals that living in human homes affects the personality of some Bali dogs making them more excitable in comparison...
Sleep-dependent learning in dogs
The study by our researchers examines the results of sleep-dependent learning in dogs, whether there is a difference between the sexes, and what correlations...
Purebred vs. Mixed-Breed Dogs: what is the difference?
A new Hungarian study found that according to their owners, mixed-breeds were less calm but more trainable than purebreds.
More empathic owners also find their dogs more “empathic”
A new study found that more empathic people rated a puppy picture as more cute and indicated that their dogs are more reactive to their owner’s emotions...
Our publications among the most read articles of 2016
Two of our publications are included in the top 10 list summarizing the research results and successes of 2016.