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 9, 2018
Our graduate student Zachary Silver recently commented on a new study that examined hundreds of studies on dog intelligence and provided reasons why we are interested in...
August 20, 2018
Our PI/Lab director Laurie Santos chimed in about the new movie “Alpha” and dog domestication. Check out what she and other scientists have to say on Smithonian!
July 26, 2018
Our graduate student Angie Johnston was quoted in two articles about a new study that investigates canine empathy. Check out what she had to say in CNN and Smithsonian...