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Too dog tired to avoid danger: Self-control depletion in canines increases behavioral approach toward an aggressive threat

May 23, 2012 Comments off

Too dog tired to avoid danger: Self-control depletion in canines increases behavioral approach toward an aggressive threat
Source: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

This study investigated whether initial selfcontrol exertion by dogs would affect behavioral approach toward an aggressive threat. Dogs were initially required to exert self-control (sit still for 10 min) or not (caged for 10 min) before they were walked into a room in which a barking, growling dog was caged. Subject dogs spent 4 min in this room but were free to choose where in the room they spent their time. Approaching the unfamiliar conspecific was the predisposed response, but it was also the riskier choice (Lindsay, 2005). We found that following the exertion of self-control (in comparison with the control condition), dogs spent greater time in proximity to the aggressor. This pattern of behavior suggests that initial self-control exertion results in riskier and more impulsive decision making by dogs.

See: Too Dog Tired to Avoid Danger: Like Humans, Dogs Engage in Riskier Behaviors When Their Self-Control Is Depleted (Science Daily)

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