Scientists took a group of University of California at Berkeley undergraduates, showed them a video of canine scent-tracking, and then took them out on a lawn that had been laced with essential oil of chocolate. Scientists gave the students blindfolds, thick gloves, knee and elbow pads, and let them loose, off-lead. Could they track the chocolate using their noses, crawling on their hands and knees? Absolutely. The track they followed looked like the zigzag of a dog’s trail.
— Read more at Cadaver dogs and chocolate-sniffing students at The Irish Times.
Interesting article, but really the only reason I clicked on the link was because I was hoping it would have a video clip of the students in action. Shucks.
I find it curious that this is an extract from the published book What the Dog Knows by a person called Cat (don’t remember the last name – it’s there in the end of the article), which, in its turn, is citing a published study in Nature Neuroscience.
Yes, but I loved that the author of the book was named Cat, even though it’s completely irrelevant.
Better that than cadaver-sniffing students, I suppose.