Inhibitory control affects dogs’ problem-solving performance

10.02.2016: The ability to suppress one’s own impulses appears to affect problem-solving performance in dogs, according to a study by researchers from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna. The study, in which 41 Border Collies had to solve a variety of challenges, showed that previous experience with similar tasks did not influence the success rate. Inhibitory control, however, does appear to have an influence. The study was published in the journal PLOS One.

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