The whether and when and how often of cats possibly paying attention to their owners is the main thing in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. Oh, and lots of Jean Berko Gleason and her cat, Foster.
- Do cats sometimes pay attention to their owners?— “Social Referencing and Cat–Human Communication,” I. Merola, M. Lazzaroni, S. Marshall-Pescini, and E. Prato-Previde, Animal Cognition, May 2015, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 639-648. Here’s a diagram of the room where they performed the cat experiment;
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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