Study Shows Dogs Have Episodic Memory, Just Like Humans

Study Shows Dogs Have Episodic Memory, Just Like Humans

1. Dogs Remember The Things Their Owners Do

It may be elephants that never forget, but it turns out dogs have pretty good memories too, and could share more cognitive abilities with humans than we thought. According to a study published yesterday in the journal Current Biology, canines are able to recall events that occurred even when they weren’t paying attention, suggesting they may have episodic memories.

Thought to be linked to self-awareness, episodic memory refers to the ability to remember specific moments from one’s life simply by absorbing events as they occur. It differs from working memory in that information is not deliberately encoded, but is stored without knowing that it has to be remembered or that it will become relevant later on.

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