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‘Who’s a good boy?!’ Dogs prefer naturalistic dog-directed speech

Overview of attention for article published in Animal Cognition, March 2018
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98 tweeters
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10 Facebook pages
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Title
‘Who’s a good boy?!’ Dogs prefer naturalistic dog-directed speech
Published in
Animal Cognition, March 2018
DOI 10.1007/s10071-018-1172-4
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Authors

Alex Benjamin, Katie Slocombe

Abstract

Infant-directed speech (IDS) is a special speech register thought to aid language acquisition and improve affiliation in human infants. Although IDS shares some of its properties with dog-directed speech (DDS), it is unclear whether the production of DDS is functional, or simply an overgeneralisation of IDS within Western cultures. One recent study found that, while puppies attended more to a script read with DDS compared with adult-directed speech (ADS), adult dogs displayed no preference. In contrast, using naturalistic speech and a more ecologically valid set-up, we found that adult dogs attended to and showed more affiliative behaviour towards a speaker of DDS than of ADS. To explore whether this preference for DDS was modulated by the dog-specific words typically used in DDS, the acoustic features (prosody) of DDS or a combination of the two, we conducted a second experiment. Here the stimuli from experiment 1 were produced with reversed prosody, meaning the prosody and content of ADS and DDS were mismatched. The results revealed no significant effect of speech type, or content, suggesting that it is maybe the combination of the acoustic properties and the dog-related content of DDS that modulates the preference shown for naturalistic DDS. Overall, the results of this study suggest that naturalistic DDS, comprising of both dog-directed prosody and dog-relevant content words, improves dogs' attention and may strengthen the affiliative bond between humans and their pets.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 55 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 22%
Student > Master 9 16%
Unspecified 7 13%
Other 7 13%
Student > Bachelor 5 9%
Other 15 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 27%
Psychology 12 22%
Unspecified 11 20%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 5 9%
Social Sciences 4 7%
Other 8 15%

Attention Score in Context

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