How dogs navigate to catch frisbees

Dennis M. Shaffer, Scott M. Krauchunas, Marianna Eddy, Michael McBeath

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Abstract

Using micro-video cameras attached to the heads of 2 dogs, we examined their optical behavior while catching Frisbees. Our findings reveal that dogs use the same viewerbased navigational heuristics previously found with baseball players (i.e., maintaining the target along a linear optical trajectory, LOT, with optical speed constancy). On trials in which the Frisbee dramatically changed direction, the dog maintained an LOT with speed constancy until it apparently could no longer do so and then simply established a new LOT and optical speed until interception. This work demonstrates the use of simple control mechanisms that utilize invariant geometric properties to accomplish interceptive tasks. It confirms a common interception strategy that extends both across species and to complex target trajectories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-441
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Science
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2004

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How dogs navigate to catch frisbees. / Shaffer, Dennis M.; Krauchunas, Scott M.; Eddy, Marianna; McBeath, Michael.

In: Psychological Science, Vol. 15, No. 7, 07.2004, p. 437-441.

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Shaffer, DM, Krauchunas, SM, Eddy, M & McBeath, M 2004, 'How dogs navigate to catch frisbees', Psychological Science, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 437-441. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0956-7976.2004.00698.x
Shaffer, Dennis M. ; Krauchunas, Scott M. ; Eddy, Marianna ; McBeath, Michael. / How dogs navigate to catch frisbees. In: Psychological Science. 2004 ; Vol. 15, No. 7. pp. 437-441.
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