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Features February 2017 Issue

Maybe ‘Memory Like an Elephant’  Should Be ‘Memory Like a Dog’

Researcher Claudia Fugazza, PhD, touches an umbrella...

Maybe ‘Memory Like an Elephant’ Should Be ‘Memory Like a Dog’

New investigation into dogs’ memories upends everything we thought about their capacity to understand the lives they are living.

It has long been said that dogs don’t sequence memories in their minds the way people do, that in fact they don’t really have the kind of awareness of self that would allow them to recall a situation they were in at some point in the past. That is, the belief has been that they essentially live only in the present.

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