It's a mystery that's been right under our noses.

Everyone knows that different dogs are good at different tasks. Farmers don’t use hound dogs to herd sheep, and hunters don’t use shepherds to track game. But what it is it about a border collie brain that makes it good at herding? What is it about a beagle brain that makes it good at following scents? No one knows!


How do differences in dogs' brains translate to differences in behavior? How do behaviors hybridize in mixed-breed dogs? How do factors like age, sex, and life experience contribute to individual differences between dogs?

We are using behavior tests, MRI scans, and genetic samples to study these questions. We love dogs! No animals are harmed in this research.

If you'd like to learn more, you can check out the press and media coverage about our research.