Author to speak at Purdue about intelligence of dogs

September 5, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The author of "The Intelligence of Dogs" and "Why We Love the Dogs We Do" will be at Purdue University on Tuesday (Sept. 9) to give a public talk in conjunction with a veterinary conference.

Stanley Coren, best-selling author and a professor of psychology, will present "How Intelligent are Dogs?" at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event, which is free, is part of the 2014 Elanco Lectureship, and will kick off Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine's Fall Conference for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.

The session will begin with an introduction by Alan Beck, the Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology and director of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Center for the Human-Animal Bond.

Coren has written several award-winning books about the intelligence, mental abilities and history of dogs. These include "Why do Dogs Have Wet Noses?," winner of the Animal Behavior Society's award for Best Children's Book; "Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog," for which he received the Maxwell Medal of Excellence from the Dog Writers Association of America; and his most recent book, "The Wisdom of Dogs," published by Blue Terrier Press.

He also is a researcher and professor in psychology. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate from Stanford University. After teaching at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York, in 1973 he moved to the University of British Columbia, where he was a psychology professor and director of the Human Neuropsychology and Perception Laboratory until 2007. He continues to teach and conduct research as a professor emeritus.

Elanco sponsors the lectureship in collaboration with Purdue's Center for the Human-Animal Bond. Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Co. This is the eighth year of the lectureship series, which is endowed through a gift to the Purdue Center for the Human-Animal Bond by Elanco/Lilly.             

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, 

Source: Kevin Doerr, director of alumni relations and public affairs for College of Veterinary Medicine, 765-494-8216,

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