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!


November 11, 2015
The Center was featured on the TV show Going Deep with David Rees! You can watch the episode online here. The show was also reviewed by the New York Times, you can read the...
October 22, 2015
Check out an article about one of our awesome RAs, Paul Holden! 
October 8, 2015
Laurie and the Center were featured in the Boston Globe! Read the article here.