COREN, Stanley




As an experimental neuropsychologist who has won election to the Royal Society of Canada for his research into left-handedness, UBC psychology professor Stanley Coren also became widely known as an expert on the behaviour of dogs in relation to humans. "My real interest is not just the dogs," he says, "but the human/animal relationship. That is what tickles my curiosity."

According to Coren, dogs generally have an intelligence level on par with a two-year-old child and can learn more than 100 words and signals. Cats can manage about one dozen commands with the intelligence of an 18-month-old human. Dogs have lived alongside humans for about 14,000 years; cats have lived with people for 7,000 years. Stanley Coren's books about dogs have been translated into many languages and he has appeared television programs that include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC and 20/20. In 2006, Coren's home was shared with a cavalier King Charles spaniel named Banshee, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever named Dancer and a beagle named Darby, while he hosted a national television program in Canada called Good Dog! Coren did his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his doctorate in psychology at Stanford. He has also been an instructor with the Vancouver Dog Obedience Training Club.

Books:

Why Do Dogs Have West Noses? (Kids Can Press, 2006).
How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind (New York: Free Press, 2004)
The Pawprints of History: Dogs and the Course of Human Events (Fireside, 2003)
How to Speak Dog : Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication (imon & Schuster, 2001)
Why We Love the Dogs We Do (Fireside, 1998)
What Do Dogs Know? (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
The Intelligence of Dogs (Bantam Books, reprint, 1995)
The Left-Hander Syndrome: The Causes And Consequences Of Left-Handedness (1992)
Sleep Thieves (Touchstone, reprint, 1997)
The Left-hander Syndrome (Vintage, 1993)

[BCBW 2006] "Psychology"

Why Do Dogs Have Wet Notes? (Kids Can $14.95)
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“People born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006 are all born under the sign
of the dog,” says Stanley Coren, citing the 12-year-cycle Chinese calendar, “and are supposed to have certain dog behaviours and personalities. This makes them honest, loyal and champions of justice. They can also be stubborn, worry too much and dislike crowds or noisy parties.”

Stanley Coren’s books about dogs have been translated into many languages and he has appeared on television programs that include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC and 20/20.

While hosting a national television program called Good Dog!, Cohen also teaches at the Vancouver Dog Obedience Training Club and currently shares his home with a cavalier King Charles spaniel, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever and a beagle. The UBC-based neuro-psychologist has also just published Why Do Dogs Have Wet Notes? (Kids Can $14.95). According to Coren, dogs generally have an intelligence level on par with a two-year-old child. They can learn more than 100 words and signals; cats can manage about one dozen commands with the intelligence of an 18-month-old human. 1-55337-657-9

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