Dr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University.
Dr. Hare has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society, Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence.
His research consistently received national and international media coverage over the last decade and has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired, Science magazine, CNN and ABC (Australia). He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio. He has also been featured in multiple documentaries from production companies such as National Geographic (U.S.), BBC (U.K.), Nova (U.S.), RTL (Germany), SBS (Korea) and Globo (Brazil). Dr. Hare is frequently invited to give lectures on his research on dog intelligence. For example, in 2009 he gave the keynote addresses at the annual conferences for both Assistance Dog Training Society and Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which are both among the largest dog training societies in the U.S.
In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.
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Articles, videos and other media about Brian’s work with dogs and primates.
Wired (2013): “How Smart Is Your Dog? Test Your Pet’s Brain Power for Science” by Greg Miller
Wall Street Journal (2013): “Why Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
TechNews Daily (2013): “How Smart Is Your Dog? Find Out with ‘Dognition’” by Jeremy Hsu
Scientific American (2013): “The Brilliance of the Dog Mind” by Gareth Cook
CBS (2013): ““Dognition” asks, how smart is your dog?” by Bailey Johnson
Salon (2013): “Is your dog smarter than other dogs?” by Katie McDonough
Jezebel (2013): “Find Out Exactly How Dumb (or Smart) Your Dog Really Is” by Laura Beck
Huffington Post (2013): “10 Reasons Why Dogs are Smarter Than You Think” by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods
Slate (2013): “A $60 App Promises To Tell You How Smart Your Dog Is” by Katy Waldman
Science Focus (2013): “Dognition: How Smart is Your Pooch?” by Declan Knittel
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (2013): “‘Dognition’ games can reveal your dog’s mind (can’t help with cats)“ by Jake Ellison
News & Observer (2012): “Startup Dognition promises to help you better understand your dog” by David Ranii
New York Times (2012): “Milk of Human Kindness Also Found in Bonobos” by Sindya N. Bhanoo
Wired (2012): “Why Some Wild Animals Are Becoming Nicer” by Brandon Keim
Duke Lemur Center (2012): “Surprising Lemur Intelligence” by Dennis Meredith
Scientific American (2012): “Tame Theory: Did Bonobos Domesticate Themselves?” by Ed Yong
NPR Cosmos and Culture (2012): “Do Bonobos And Chimpanzees Offer A Path To Understanding Human Behavior?” by Sheril Kirshenbaum
Duke Chronicle (2012): “The Chimp, the Dog, and the Hare” by Ashley Mooney
Phys Org (2011): Peaceful bonobos may have something to teach humans by Miles O’ Brien and Ann Kellan
American Scientist (2011): Bonobo Handshake by Catherine Clabby
New York Times (2010): A Conversation with Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods: Why Bonobos Don’t Kill Each Other by Claudia Dreifus
CNN World (2010): Inside the science of how dogs think by Randi Kaye
Duke Chronicle (2010): Q&A with Brian Hare by Maggie Spini
TIME (2009): The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind by Carl Zimmer
Discover Magazine (2009): Why Chimpanzees Are NOT Pets by Sheril Kirshenbaum
Smithsonian Magazine (2007): Dogged by Virgina Morell
Economist (2004): Sensitive Souls
National Geographic (2004): How Did Dogs Become Adept at Playing to Humans? by Brian Handwerk
The Bark (2003): The Domestication of Social Cognition in Dogs by Chris McNamara
New Yorker (2002): Nice Doggy by Susan Orlean
The New York Times (2002): From Wolf to Dog, Yes, but When? by Nicholas Wade
National Geographic (2002): Do Dogs “Read” Humans to Find Food? by Ben Herder
Audio and Video:
CBS This Morning (2013): Dogs: How Smart Are They?
BloggingHeads.tv (2013): Laurie Santos & Brian Hare
WOIO-TV (2013): Find out what going on inside your dog’s head
WLOL Morning Show (2013): WLOL Morning Show
WOCM-FM Morning Show (2013): Rude Awakening Show 2/5/13
WHFS/WHNC/WCBQ-AM Morning Show with Dr. Alvin Jones (2013): Radio Clip
KHOU (2013): Dognition: How smart is your pet?
The Nite Show (2013): 10PM Hour
Talkin’ Pets (2013): Brian Hare, Author of ʺThe Genius of Dogsʺ joins Jon and Talkin’ Pets
Dog Talk (2013): Show January 18, 2013
Pet Talk with Dr. B (2012): Dog Cognition
CNN (2011) “Dog Intelligence: How Dogs Think”
Pop! Tech (2010): Brian Hare: Peaceful as a Bonobo?
National Geographic (2010): National Geographic Weekend Interview with Brian Hare
WUNC (2009): The State of Things Canine Cognition by Laura Leslie
WNYC (2009): Radiolab New Nice
WRAL (2010): Duke lab seeks to learn how dogs think by Debra Morgan
National Science Foundation (2011) Bonobos And Chimpanzees – Science Nation
Daily Kos (2013): “Overnight News Digest”
Smashing Boxes (2013): “Dognition: Are You Living with a Genius?”
Smithsonian Blogs (2013): “Is Your Dog as Smart as You Think?”
Smithsonian Mag (2013): “Why Dogs are More Like Humans Than Wolves“
Cosmic Log – NBC News (2013): “Dognition uses brain-teasers to unlock mysteries of your dog’s mind“
Science Blogs (2013): “Dog Smarts”
Gurl (2013): “Find Out Everything About Your Dog’s Personality!”
XO Jane (2013): “I tested my dog’s intelligence and it was not great!”
Doodle Kisses (2013): “Dognition: How smart is your dog?”
Animal Fair (2013): “How Clever is Your Dog? The Science Behind the Bark!“
It’s Okay To Be Smart (2013): Dog behavioral scientist Brian Hare
The Pet Authority (2013): Dognition
Yummy Pets Blog (2012): “An application to measure the intelligence of his dog!”
Pawnation (2012): Dog Cognition Expert Dr. Brian Hare Decodes Your Dog
PBS Nova (link on Duke OnDemand) (2011): Brian Hare on NOVA’s ‘How Smart Are Animals?
PBS (2010): Hollywood Chimps – The Debate by Maggie Villiger
PBS Spark Blog (2009): The Science Behind Why Chimps Are Not Pets by Brian hare and Vanessa Woods
PBS Spark Blog (2008): Alan Alda meets the Chimps by Graham Chedd
Brian’s updated curriculum vitae and published scientific articles.