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!


July 23, 2014
Center Director Laurie Santos comments on a recent study about jealousy in dogs on NPR. Read the article here.
July 1, 2014
We’re featured in the latest Dog Fancy! Read the article here.
May 29, 2014
Graduate student Angie Johnston and her research was recently featured in the Yale Graduate School Newsletter. Read the article here.