Psychologists and animal behaviour specialists from the University of Lincoln appeared on The Academic Minute radio programme.

Dr Emile van der Zee from the School of Psychology with Helen Zulch and Professor Daniel Mills from the School of Life Sciences, are soon to feature on The Academic Minute.

The show features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting.

The researchers’ recent study which provided the first empirical evidence that the way in which dogs relate words to objects is fundamentally different to humans has seen huge media interest since the findings were released in November 2012.

Through a series of unique behavioural experiments the researchers showed that the mental dictionary of domestic dogs is constructed in a substantially different manner to our own.

The findings, published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE, may help to advance understanding of the foundations of language in humans and the critical differences with other species.

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