Dogs have ‘episodic memories’ just like humans, suggests study

The Guardian:

A team from Hungary have discovered that dogs are able to recall their owner’s actions, even when they were not specifically instructed to do so, suggesting that dogs, like humans, have what is known as “episodic memory” – memories linked to specific times and places.

“I think that dog owners more or less suspect, at least, that dogs can remember events from the past – what is novel is the type of memory they can use for doing so,” said Claudia Fugazza lead author of the study from the MTA-ELTE Comparative Ethology Research Group. “This study shows that they can use a type of memory that allows them to recall and remember events that were not known to be important.”

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