Welcome to the Canine Cognition Center at Yale!

The Canine Cognition Center at Yale is a new research facility in the Psychology Department at Yale University. Our team of Yale scientists studies how dogs think about the world. Our center is devoted to learning more about canine psychology—how dogs perceive their environment, solve problems, and make decisions. Our findings teach us how the dog mind works, which can help us to better develop programs to improve how we train and work with our canine friends.

If you are a dog owner in the New Haven area, we would love to have your dog as one of our canine volunteers. All of our studies involve simple problem solving games that we play with your dogs. Our dog volunteers receive a diploma for their participation and get to enjoy a fun new game as part of our studies.

Join us today and help us better understand just how smart man’s best friend really is!

Click here to learn more about how to get started!


October 6, 2016
The Big Think posted an article on their website about our overimitation findings. Read the article here! 
September 27, 2016
New York Magazine posted an article about our recent findings. Check it out here!
September 27, 2016
TIME released an article that covered our overimitation study. Read it here!