Dr. Alliston Reid Discusses the Science Underlying Chaser, the Border Collie Who Knows the Names of 1,022 Objects, in Online Webinar Brought to You by E-Training for Dogs
E-Training for Dogs will hold an online webinar on June 7, 2012 at 11:00 PM GMT (will also be available recorded) featuring Dr. Alliston Reid who will discuss the research behind the story of Chaser, the Border Collie, who knows the names of 1,022 objects. Chaser's incredible language abilities have been featured in a wide variety of news outlets around the World and are demonstrated on NOVA ScienceNOW where Dr. Neil Tyson tested Chaser's knowledge of 1022 names of objects.
The research with Chaser, by Dr. John Pilley and Dr. Alliston Reid, has received worldwide attention this past year. Chaser's incredible language abilities have been featured in a wide variety of news outlets around the World and are demonstrated on NOVA ScienceNOW where Dr. Neil Tyson tested Chaser's knowledge of 1022 names of objects.
The webinar will feature, Dr. Alliston Reid describing the story behind the exciting research (published in the journal Behavioural Processes) that demonstrates that dogs, like children, can learn that certain words represent individual objects, and other words represent categories of objects, independent in meaning of what they are asked to do with those objects.
About E-Training For Dogs Dr. Cheryl Aguiar began E-Training For Dogs and the International College of Canine Studies after teaching Social Psychology and Directing the Family and Youth Institute at Colorado State University for over a decade. In this role, she was a Principal Investigator on a grant she authored with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children, Youth and Families. This project created a program to allow individuals to achieve a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education online. As a result of this experience, Dr.Aguiar has created E-Training For Dogs to provide hundreds of dog professionals and enthusiasts throughout the world to the ability to enjoy a wide variety of educational courses and programs by top quality educators in the field via the Internet. The education programs are geared toward the canine professional as well as the dog owner and enthusiast. All of the courses offered through E-Training For Dogs are available through the E-Training For Dogs website.
About Alliston K. Reid, Ph.D. Dr. Reid received his B. S. degree from Wofford College in 1975 with a major in psychology. As a student, he was passionately involved in research in experimental psychology and neuropsychology, working closely with Dr. Pilley and Dr. Scott on several research projects. Dr. Reid received his Ph.D. degree from Duke University in experimental psychology with a minor in zoology. He came to Wofford College in 1996 when his favorite mentor, Dr. John Pilley, decided to retire. Dr. Reid served as chairman of the psychology department from 1998 to 2004. At Wofford, Dr. Reid was awarded the Governor's Distinguished Professor Award by Governor Mark Sanford in 2004. At graduation in May 2005, Dr. Reid was awarded the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science, which provides $50,000 over a ten-year period to promote faculty development. For three years, he served as Program Chair for the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) and special editor of the journal, Behavioural Processes, which publishes the proceedings of the SQAB conference as a special issue each year. Currently, Dr. Reid serves as President of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior. In 2010 Dr. Reid was appointed Reeves Family Professor of Psychology due to the continued generosity of Ed Reeves and his family.
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