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vintage-tv2.jpgDespite their unparallelled popularity amongst humans, until the end of last century there had been very little dedicated scientific inquiry into the domestic dog. Not into its behaviour, the beguiling history of its domestication or even that ubiquitous bond they seem to have forged with our species.

Nowadays it doesn’t take too much effort to find snippets of useful information on the internet, but it’s often the same old stuff. However, this programme “The Secret Life Of The Dog“, an episode of the popular BBC series Horizon, should be required viewing for anyone with a real interest in dogs, and their unique relationship with us. Those from the UK have probably already seen it, but for the rest of us it’s a real treat.

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Clapper_Board2So far I haven’t posted any multimedia other than the usual photos that accompany my written posts, but I hope the following videos will provide an informative follow-on from my last piece on core emotions. As fascinating as the subject is, Neuroscience is by definition a really obtuse and complicated field. And Affective Neuroscience – the study of those very basic, biological emotional systems that lie at the very foundation of consciousness – is even more so.

So in search of the most informative but least technical of the various online interviews with Dr Jaak Panksepp (the most influential  researcher in the field, and the man who coined the term ‘Affective Neuroscience’), this episode from the ‘Professions… Enterprise 101′ video series (a single interview broken into 4 short segments), seemed the most accessible. I hope you find it stimulating and informative.

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