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Dr. Tamás Faragó

Category: Former Students

I am a second year PhD student at the Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. I am interested in dogs’ vocal communication, especially barks and growls, and their role in dog-human and dog-dog communication.

In my diploma work, besides behavioural analysis, I measured dogs’ heart rates during sound playback experiments in order to describe their emotional and attentional state. In these experiments we investigated whether dogs are able to differentiate between different bark types, and whether they react differently on social, (like growling or whining) and asocial sounds (like panting).

Currently I play back different dog barks to human listeners, and measure their heart rate to see whether their reaction depends on the emotional background of the barks. I work also with agonistic and non-agonistic vocalizations of dogs, especially growls emitted in different social contexts. In Vienna I undertook an experiment on the latter topic. I played back growls recorded in different social contexts to dogs when they were about to chew on a bone, and observed whether they left the bone more often after aggressive growls than after playful growls.

Currently I am working as a PostDoc at the Clever Dog Lab