Dogs Are Likely More Self-Aware Than You'd Think, New Study Says
A researcher found an interesting way to show dogs likely have concepts of "self" and "others."By Ryan Biek | December 9, 2015
Psychologists have long wondered just how unique self-consciousness, as humans know it, is. But now, a researcher from a Russian university has shown dogs, and likely many other animals, are more self-aware than you might think.
So how do we know if an animal has concepts of "self" and "other" if it can't tell us? The perennial method has been a mirror test.
A colored dot is put on the forehead of the animal without it noticing. Then, the animal is put in front of a mirror, and if its reaction to the dot involves touching itself, instead of the reflection, we can assume the animal is self-aware. (Video via National Geographic)