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Identifier
112138
Type K
Principal investigator Topál, József
Title in Hungarian Társas készségek kognitív mechanizmusainak összehasonlító vizsgálata innovatív módszerekkel.
Title in English Comparative investigation of the social-cognitive mechanisms in dogs and humans: an innovative methodological approach.
Keywords in Hungarian kutya, ember, társas viselkedési készségek, EEG, fMRI ,
Keywords in English dog, human, social skills, neuroimaging, behaviour,
Discipline
Psychology (Council of Humanities and Social Sciences)65 %
Ortelius classification: Experimental psychology
Cognition (e.g. learning, memory, emotions, speech) (Council of Medical and Biological Sciences)35 %
Panel Psychology and Education
Department or equivalent Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology (Research Center of Natural Sciences)
Participants Andics, Attila
Bódizs, Róbert
Faragó, Tamás
Gácsi, Márta
Gergely, Anna
Gergely, Anna
Király, Ildikó
Kovács, Krisztina
Kubinyi, Eniko
Oláh, Katalin
Rónai, Zsolt
Vargáné Kis, Anna
Starting date 2015-01-01
Closing date 2018-12-31
Funding (in million HUF) 25.590
FTE (full time equivalent) 13.17
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Final report

 
Results in Hungarian
A projektben a kutya és ember egyes társas viselkedési készségeinek szabályozásában szerepet játszó neurális és genetikai mechanizmusokat vizsgáltuk. Főként a sajátos intonációval jellemzett „dajkabeszéd”-re való válaszkészség, a társas ingerekkel való stimulálhatóság és a kutya-ember interakciók természetes helyzetekben való elemzése volt a cél. Kimutattuk, hogy a kutya- illetve csecsemő-irányult beszéd (DDS ill. IDS) akusztikus paraméterei hasonlóak, és a figyelemfelkeltéskor alkalmazott megszólítás prozódiai jellemzőit az ember hozzáigazítja a címzett akusztikus preferenciáihoz. fMRI alkalmazásával vizsgáltuk a DDS és IDS sajátosságait hordozó hangjelzések neurális feldolgozását, és úgy találtuk, hogy a hangok prozódiai sajátosságai alapvetően befolyásolják a kutya agyi válaszreakcióit. EEG vizsgálatainkban pedig igazoltuk a kutyák társas tanulási teljesítménye és az alvás-függő memória konszolidációs folyamatok kapcsolatát, és hogy az emocionális ingerek befolyásolják az azt követő alvás paramétereit. Kísérletesen demonstráltuk az oxitocin társas viselkedést szabályzó szerepét, valamint hogy egyes genetikai és környezeti tényezők alapvetően befolyásolhatják az oxitocin rendszer működését a kutyában és az emberben is. Eredményeink igazolják, hogy a kutya és ember közötti viselkedési hasonlóságok mellett az idegi és genetikai szabályozás szintjén megfigyelhető párhuzamok vizsgálata fontos előrelépést jelent a kutya ember-szerű társas kompetenciájának mélyebb megértésében.
Results in English
This research project was aimed at investigating the neuronal and genetic mechanisms involved in the formation of social behaviour in dogs in comparison with the corresponding human traits. Our work focused mainly on dogs’ responsiveness to verbal addressing signals as well as the effects of social stimulation and human interaction in naturalistic settings. We showed that dog- and infant-directed speech (DDS & IDS) have similar acoustic characteristics and people adapt their prosodic features to the acoustic preferences of their audience. We employed fMRI in dogs to investigate the neural processes underlying the perception of DDS & IDS and found differential neural responsivity to the prosodic features of human vocal signals. In our non-invasive EEG studies we provided the first evidence of sleep-dependent social memory consolidation and that emotionally valenced events affect subsequent sleep physiology in dogs. In a series of experiments we also demonstrated that the neuropeptide oxytocin is specifically involved in the regulation of dogs’ (and human’s) social-communicative receptivity and that both genetic and epigenetic factors might contribute to differential oxytocin effects. In summary our investigations demonstrate that in addition to the behavioural similarities between dogs and children, the investigation of the similarities at the levels of neural processing and genetic regulation can lead to a better understanding of the human-like social competence in dogs.
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Decision
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List of publications

 
Tauzin T; Csík A; Kis A; Kovács K; Topál J: The order of ostensive and referential signals affects dogs’ responsiveness when interacting with a human., Anim Cogn 18(4): 975-979, 2015
Tauzin T; Csík A; Kis A; Topál J: What or where? The meaning of referential human pointing in dogs., J Comp Psychol 129(4): 334-338, 2015
Hernádi A; Kis A; Kanizsár O; Tóth K; Miklósi B; Topál J: Intranasally administered oxytocin affects how dogs (Canis familiaris) react to the threatening approach of their owner and an unfamiliar experimenter., Behav Proc 119: 1-5, 2015
Abdai J; Gergely A; Petró E; Topál J; Miklósi Á: An investigation on social representations: Inanimate agent can mislead dogs (Canis familiaris) in a food choice task., PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134575., 2015
Oláh K; Kupán K; Csík A; Király I; Topál J: Feature or location? A developmental shift in the strategy to search for a hidden toy., Inf Behav Dev 41: 73-79, 2015
Oláh, K., Elekes, F.; Turcsán, B., Kiss. O.; Topál, J.: Social Pre-treatment Modulates Attention Allocation to Transient and Stable Object Properties, Frontiers in Psychology, 25 October 2016, Volume 7, Paper 1619., 2016
Kovács, K; Kis, A; Pogány, Á; Koller, D; Topál, J: Differential effects of oxytocin on social sensitivity in two distinct breeds of dogs (Canis familiaris), PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, 74, 212-220, 2016
Tauzin, T; Kovács, K; Topál, J: Dogs Identify Agents in Third-Party Interactions on the Basis of the Observed Degree of Contingency, Psychological Science, 27(8), 1061-1068, 2016
Kovács, K; Kis, A; Kanizsár, O; Hernádi, A; Gácsi, M; Topál, J: The effect of oxytocin on biological motion perception in dogs (Canis familiaris), Animal Cognition 19: (3) pp. 513-522., 2016
Gácsi, M, Kis, A; Faragó, T; Janiak, M; Muszynski, R; Miklósi, Á: Humans attribute emotions to a robot that shows simple behavioural patterns borrowed from dog behaviour, Computers in Human Behavior, 59: pp. 411-419., 2016
Tauzin, T. Csík, A. Gergely, Gy, Topál, J.: The attribution of navigational- and goal-directed agency in dogs (Canis Familiaris) and human toddlers (Homo Sapiens), Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131(1), 1-9., 2017
Kis, A. Szakadát, S. Gácsi, M. Kovács, E. Simor, P. Török, Cs. Gombos, F. Bódizs, R. Topál, J.: Interrelated effect of sleep and learning in dogs (Canis familiaris). 2017. An EEG and behavioural study, Scientific Reports, 7:41873, 2017
Kupán, K. Király, I. Kupán, K. Krekó, K. Miklósi, Á. Topál, J.: Interacting effect of two social factors on 18 month-old infants' imitative behavior: communicative cues and demonstrator presence, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 161, 186-194., 2017
Kis, A, Ciobica, A. Topál, J.: The effect of oxytocin on human-directed social behaviour in dogs (Canis familiaris), Hormones and Behaviour, 94, 40-52., 2017
Somppi, S. Törnqvist, H. Topál, J. Koskela, A. Hänninen, L. Krause, C.M. Vainio, O.: Nasal oxytocin administration alters the gazing behavior and pupil dilatation in domestic dogs, Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 1854, 2017
Kis, A., Gergely, A., Galambos, Á., Abdai, J., Gombos, F., Bódizs, R., Topál, J.: Sleep macrostructure is modulated by positive and negative social experience in adult pet dogs, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 284: 20171883, 2017
Topál J, Kiss O.: Hogyan és miért vált a kutya a kognitív viselkedéstudomány csimpánzává?, Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 72. 4/8. 591–607, 2017
Gergely, A. Galambos, Á. Faragó, T. Topál, J.: Differential effects of speech situations on mothers’ and fathers’ infant-directed and dog-directed speech: An acoustic analysis, Scientific Reports, 7: 13739, 2017
Turcsán B, Miklósi, Á. Kubinyi E.: Owner perceived differences between mixed-breed and purebred dogs, PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172720, 2017
Kis, A., Hernádi, A., Miklósi, B., Kanizsár, O., Topál, J.: The Way Dogs (Canis familiaris) Look at human emotional faces is modulated by oxytocin. An eye-tracking study, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 11:210, 2017
Szánthó F, Miklósi Á, Kubinyi E.: Is your dog empathic? Developing a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey, PLoS ONE 12(2): e0170397, 2017
Bánlaki Zs, Andersson L. Cimarelli G. Virányi Zs. Kubinyi E. Sasvári M. Rónai Zs.: DNA methylation patterns of behavior-related gene promoter regions dissect the gray wolf from domestic dog breeds, Molecular Genetics and Genomics. 292(3):685-697., 2017
Tauzin, T. Csík, A. Gergely, Gy, Topál, J.: The attribution of navigational- and goal-directed agency in dogs (Canis Familiaris) and human toddlers (Homo Sapiens), Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131(1), 1-9., 2017
Kis, A. Szakadát, S. Gácsi, M. Kovács, E. Simor, P. Török, Cs. Gombos, F. Bódizs, R. Topál, J.: Interrelated effect of sleep and learning in dogs (Canis familiaris). 2017. An EEG and behavioural study, Scientific Reports, 7:41873, 2017
Kupán, K. Király, I. Kupán, K. Krekó, K. Miklósi, Á. Topál, J.: Interacting effect of two social factors on 18 month-old infants' imitative behavior: communicative cues and demonstrator presence, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 161, 186-194., 2017
Kis, A, Ciobica, A. Topál, J.: The effect of oxytocin on human-directed social behaviour in dogs (Canis familiaris), Hormones and Behaviour, 94, 40-52., 2017
Somppi, S. Törnqvist, H. Topál, J. Koskela, A. Hänninen, L. Krause, C.M. Vainio, O.: Nasal oxytocin administration alters the gazing behavior and pupil dilatation in domestic dogs, Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 1854, 2017
Kis, A., Gergely, A., Galambos, Á., Abdai, J., Gombos, F., Bódizs, R., Topál, J.: Sleep macrostructure is modulated by positive and negative social experience in adult pet dogs, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 284: 20171883, 2017
Gergely, A. Galambos, Á. Faragó, T. Topál, J.: Differential effects of speech situations on mothers’ and fathers’ infant-directed and dog-directed speech: An acoustic analysis, Scientific Reports, 7: 13739, 2017
Kis, A., Hernádi, A., Miklósi, B., Kanizsár, O., Topál, J.: The Way Dogs (Canis familiaris) Look at human emotional faces is modulated by oxytocin. An eye-tracking study, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 11:210, 2017
Oláh, K., Topál, J., Kovács, K., Kis, A., Koller, D., Park, S.Y., Virányi, Zs.: Gaze-following and reaction to an aversive social interaction have corresponding associations with variation in the OXTR gene in dogs but not in human infants, Frontiers in Psychology, 8:2156, 2017
Topál, J.: A társas tanulási képességek neurofiziológiai alapjai, Opus et Educatio, 4(1), 3-17., 2017
Topál J, Kiss O.: Hogyan és miért vált a kutya a kognitív viselkedéstudomány csimpánzává?, Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 72. 4/8. 591–607, 2017
Turcsán B, Miklósi, Á. Kubinyi E.: Owner perceived differences between mixed-breed and purebred dogs, PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172720, 2017
Szánthó F, Miklósi Á, Kubinyi E.: Is your dog empathic? Developing a Dog Emotional Reactivity Survey, PLoS ONE 12(2): e0170397, 2017
Bánlaki Zs, Andersson L. Cimarelli G. Virányi Zs. Kubinyi E. Sasvári M. Rónai Zs.: DNA methylation patterns of behavior-related gene promoter regions dissect the gray wolf from domestic dog breeds, Molecular Genetics and Genomics. 292(3):685-697., 2017
Tauzin T; Csík A; Kis A; Kovács K; Topál J: The order of ostensive and referential signals affects dogs’ responsiveness when interacting with a human., Anim Cogn 18(4): 975-979, 2015
Tauzin T; Csík A; Kis A; Topál J: What or where? The meaning of referential human pointing in dogs., J Comp Psychol 129(4): 334-338, 2015
Hernádi A; Kis A; Kanizsár O; Tóth K; Miklósi B; Topál J: Intranasally administered oxytocin affects how dogs (Canis familiaris) react to the threatening approach of their owner and an unfamiliar experimenter., Behav Proc 119: 1-5, 2015
Abdai J; Gergely A; Petró E; Topál J; Miklósi Á: An investigation on social representations: Inanimate agent can mislead dogs (Canis familiaris) in a food choice task., PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134575., 2015
Oláh K; Kupán K; Csík A; Király I; Topál J: Feature or location? A developmental shift in the strategy to search for a hidden toy., Inf Behav Dev 41: 73-79, 2015
Kushnick G; Hanowell B; Jun-Hong K; Langstieh B; Magnano V; Oláh K: Experimental Evidence for Convergent Evolution of Maternal Care Heuristics in Industrialized and Small-Scale Populations., Roy Soc Open Sci 2: 140518, 2015
Gergely A; Kovács K; Faragó T; Topál J: Similarities and differences between motherese and doggerel. An acoustic analysis., ASAB Winter meeting Dec. 3-4. 2015, London UK., 2015
Oláh, K., Elekes, F.; Turcsán, B., Kiss. O.; Topál, J.: Social Pre-treatment Modulates Attention Allocation to Transient and Stable Object Properties, Frontiers in Psychology, 25 October 2016, Volume 7, Paper 1619., 2016
Kovács, K; Kis, A; Pogány, Á; Koller, D; Topál, J: Differential effects of oxytocin on social sensitivity in two distinct breeds of dogs (Canis familiaris), PSYCHONEUROENDOCRINOLOGY, 74, 212-220, 2016
Tauzin, T; Kovács, K; Topál, J: Dogs Identify Agents in Third-Party Interactions on the Basis of the Observed Degree of Contingency, Psychological Science, 27(8), 1061-1068, 2016
Kovács, K; Kis, A; Kanizsár, O; Hernádi, A; GÁcsi, M; Topál, J: The effect of oxytocin on biological motion perception in dogs (Canis familiaris), Animal Cognition 19: (3) pp. 513-522., 2016
Petró, E; Abdai, J, Gergely, A; Topál, J; Miklósi, Á: Dogs (Canis familiaris) adjust their social behaviour to the differential role of inanimate interactive agents, Animal Cognition 19: (2) pp. 367-374., 2016
Gácsi, M, Kis, A; Faragó, T; Janiak, M; Muszynski, R; Miklósi, Á: Humans attribute emotions to a robot that shows simple behavioural patterns borrowed from dog behaviour, Computers in Human Behavior, 59: pp. 411-419., 2016
Kovács, K.; Virányi, Z.; Kis, A.; Turcsán, B.; Hudecz, Á.; Marmota, MT; Koller, D., Rónai, Z.; Gácsi, M.; Topál, J.: Dog-owner attachment is associated with oxytocin receptor gene polymorphisms in both parties. A comparative study on Austrian and Hungarian border collies, Frontiers in Psychology: 9 (APR) Paper 435, 2018
Varga, B.; Gergely, A., Galambos, Á.; Kis, A.: Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability during Sleep in Family Dogs (Canis familiaris). Moderate Effect of Pre-Sleep Emotions, Animals, 8(7), Paper 107., 2018
Kiss, O.; Kovács, K.; Szánthó, F., Topál, J.: Similarity between an unfamiliar human and the owner affects dogs’ preference for human partner when responding to an unsolvable problem, Learning & Behavior, 46(4), 430-441, 2018
Kovács, E.; Kosztolányi, A., Kis, A.: Rapid eye movement density during REM sleep in dogs (Canis familiaris), Learning & Behavior, 46(4), 554-560, 2018
Corrieri L.; Adda M.; Miklósi Á.; Kubinyi E.: Companion and free-ranging Bali dogs: Environmental links with personality traits in an endemic dog population of South East Asia, PLoS ONE 13(6): e0197354, 2018
Galambos, Á.; Turcsán, B.; Oláh, K., Elekes, F.; Gergely, A.; Király, I.; Topál, J.: Visual Fixation Patterns During Viewing of Half-Face Stimuli in Adults: An Eye-Tracking Study, Frontiers in Psychology: 9 Paper 2478., 2018





 

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