Alexandra Horowitz

Associate Professor, Adjunct

Alexandra Horowitz has been teaching at Barnard since 2004. Before coming to Barnard, she taught at Hunter College and at the University of California - San Diego.

Professor Horowitz's research is in animal cognition. She is currently testing the olfactory acuity of the domestic dog, through experiments in natural settings, and examining dog-human dyadic play behavior. 

Recently in the news:

BY:

Mutts at Westminster. The New Yorker, Feb 12, 2014

Growth. Smithsonian, December, 2013

The limits of detection. The New Yorker, April 25, 2013

What the dog knows. The New Yorker, Feb 23, 2013

Walk like a fish. The New York Times, Dec 16, 2012

Story time, debunked (with Ammon Shea). The New York Times, Jan 1, 2012

Is your dog smarter than a 2-year-old? The New York Times, Nov 19, 2011

De-noted. The New York Times, Oct 9, 2011

Are bees sad on Wednesday? (with Ammon Shea). The New York Times, Oct 8, 2011

Think you're smarter than animals? Think again (with Ammon Shea). The New York Times, Aug 20, 2011

 

ABOUT:

The latest in scientific field equipment? Fido's nose, NPR, Sep 3, 2013

What's in a (dog) name (video). The New York Times, April 3, 2013

Dogs' dazzling sense of smell, NOVA scienceNOW, Oct 4, 2012

Dog Story, by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker, Aug 8, 2011

Crittervision: What a dog's nose knows. New Scientist, Aug 20, 2011

The truth about dogs. Chicago Tribune, Aug 5, 2011

 

 

 

Academic Focus: 

naturalistic observations of domestic dog social play
empirically testing anthropomorphisms 
characterizing dog olfactory ability

Courses: 

PSY BC1001 Introduction to Psychology - SPRING 2014

PSY BC3390 Canine Cognition - FALL 2013

Past courses:

BIO BC2280 Animal Behavior
FYS BC1460 Memory
PSY BC3381 Theory of Mind and Intentionality
 

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Public lectures, upcoming and recent past:

Upcoming:

April 30 (2014): On Looking, Barnard College, New York, NY.

April 10 (2014): College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA.

Past:

2013:

October 19: Human-Animal Interaction Symposium, Pullman, WA.

September 19: Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, NY.

May 16: New York Society Library, New York, NY.

April 4: Foerster Lecture on the Immortality of the Soul, University of California-Berkeley.

March 16:  Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA.

Publications: 

Books:

Horowitz, A. (Ed.) (2014). Domestic dog cognition and behavior: The scientific study of Canis familiaris. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany.

Horowitz, A. (2013). On looking: Eleven walks with expert eyes. Scribner's: New York, NY. (website)

Horowitz, A. (2009). Inside of a dog: What dogs see, smell, and know. Scribner's: New York, NY. (website)

Academic Publications:

Horowitz, A. (2014, anticipated). Canis familiaris: Companion and captive. In L. Gruen (Ed.), The ethics of captivity, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Horowitz, A. (2014). The dog at the side of the shot: Incongruous dog (Canis familiaris) behavior in film. In A.L. McLean (Ed.), Cinematic canines: Dogs and their work in the fiction film. Rutgers Univeristy Press, Piscataway, NJ.

Horowitz, A., & Hecht, J. (2014). Looking at dogs: Moving from anthropocentrism to canid umwelt. In A. Horowitz (Ed.), Domestic dog cognition and behavior: The scientific study of Canis familiaris. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany.

Horowitz, A., Hecht, J., & Dedrick, A. (2013). Smelling more or less: Investigating the olfactory experience of the domestic dog. Learning and Motivation, 44, 207-217. (Link to article preview.)

Hecht, J., & Horowitz, A. (2013). Physical prompts to anthropomorphisms of the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8, e30.

Horowitz, A. (2012). Fair is fine, but more is better: Limits to inequity aversion in the domestic dog. Social Justice Research, 25, 195-212. (Link to abstract.)

Horowitz, A. (2012). "Wild minds—What animals really think": A museum exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, December 2011. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 15, 294-296. (Link to article preview.)

Horowitz, A. (2011). Theory of mind in dogs? Examining method and concept. Learning & Behavior, 39, 314-317. (Link to abstract.)

Horowitz, A. (2011). Empirically testing anthropomorphisms of the domestic dog. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 6, 75.

Horowitz, A. (2010). Origin's Origins. Ethology, 116, 381-382.

Horowitz, A. (2010). Anthropomorphism. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, 2nd ed. Greenwood Press, Santa Barbara, CA, 68-73. (pdf)

Horowitz, A. (2009). Disambiguating the "guilty look": Salient prompts to a familiar dog behaviour. Behavioural Processes, 81, 447-452 (Link to abstract.)

Horowitz, A. C. (2009). Attention to attention in domestic dog (Canis familiaris) dyadic play. Animal Cognition, 12, 107-118 (Link to abstract.)

Horowitz, A. (2009). Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) use visual attention cues when play signaling. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 4, 53-54.

Horowitz, D., and Horowitz, A. (2009). A comparison of dog owners' claims about their pets' guilt with evidence from dog behavior. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 4, 104.

Horowitz, A. (2008). Review of Dog behaviour, evolution, and cognition. Quarterly Review of Biology, 83, 399.

Horowitz, A. C., and Bekoff, M. (2007). Naturalizing anthropomorphism: Behavioral prompts to our humanizing of animals. Anthrozoös, 20, 23-35. (pdf)

Horowitz, A. C. (2007). Anthropomorphism. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, 60-66. (pdf)

Horowitz A. (2004). Dog minds and dog play. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT, 835-838.

Horowitz, A. C. (2003). Do humans ape? Or do apes human? Imitation and intention in humans and other animals. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 117, 325–336.

Other recent publications:

Horowitz, A. (2011, September 25). Rin-Tin-Tin by Susan Orlean (book review). The San Francisco Chronicle.

Horowitz, A. (2011, March 13). How to memorize everything. The New York Times.

Horowitz, A. (2011, February 13). Mr. Chartwell (book review). The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Contact: 

During the school year: 212.851.0227
ahorowit@barnard.edu

Office Hours: 

during the school year: Monday, 5:30-6:30 pm by appointment

Department: 
Education: 

M.S., Ph.D.,  Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

B.A., Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Related Web Sites: 

In the News

Psychology professor discusses new book, On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes.

Psychology professor pens opinion piece adapted from her forthcoming book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes.

In The New York Times, psychology professor addresses the question, is your dog smarter than a 2-year-old?

Read two essays by Barnard psychology professor Alexandra Horowitz in The New York Times.