Duke Canine Cognition Center


Brian HareCo-Director - Dr. Brian Hare

Brian Hare is an associate professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience (part of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences). He founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group in 2004 after receiving the Sofia Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He and the Hominoid Psychology Research Group arrived at Duke in January 2008. In 2009 he started the Duke Canine Cognition Center which is dedicated to the study of dog psychology and the effect of domestication on cognition.



Vanessa WoodsResearch Scientist - Vanessa Woods

Vanessa looks after media inquiries for the Canine Cognition Center. She is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book The Genius of Dogs, and many other great works besides. Vanessa is also the booking agent for her very famous dog, Tassie, who has no particular skills other than finding food under cups.