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Sarah Byosiere

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Ph.D., La Trobe University, Australia


Department of Psychology 
Hunter College, Room 608HN
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 396-6370

Thinking Dog Center Website:



Current Areas of Research

Dr. Byosiere is the Director of the Thinking Dog Center at CUNY Hunter College where she focuses on studying the behavior and cognition of domestic dogs, canids, and other companion animals. Dr. Byosiere's research focuses on a variety of different topics including visual perception, illusion susceptibility, social play behavior, animal sheltering practices, training methodologies, and human-animal relationships. Additionally, Dr. Byosiere is interested in community outreach and education through means of science-communication, community science projects, and more. To stay up to date with the research conducted at the Thinking Dog Center, please check out the Center's website (


Selected Publications

Passmore N, Chodorow M, Byosiere S-E. A label's a label, no matter the dog: evaluating the generalizability of the removal of breed labels from adoption cards (2020). PLOS One

Byosiere S-E, Chouinard PA, Howell, TJ, Bennett, PC (2020). Visual illusion susceptibility in domestic dogs. Ethology

Abrams J, Brennen R, Byosiere S-E (2020). Trazodone as a mediator of transitional stress in a shelter: impact on rates of illness, length of stay, and outcome. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.

Byosiere S-E, Espinosa J, Smith BP (2018). The function of play bows in Canis lupus and its variants: a comparison of dingo (Canis lupus dingo), dog (Canis lupus familiaris) and wolf puppies (Canis lupus). Behaviour.

Byosiere S-E, Chouinard PA, Howell, TJ, Bennett, PC (2017). What do dogs (Canis familiaris) see? A review of vision in dogs and implications for cognition research. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Byosiere S-E, Feng LC, Woodhead JK, Rutter, NJ, Chouinard PA, Howell, TJ, Bennett, PC (2017). Visual perception in domestic dogs: susceptibility to the Ebbinghaus-Titchener and Delboeuf illusions. Animal Cognition.

Byosiere S-E, Espinosa JE, Marshall-Pescini SM, Smuts BB, Range F (2016). Investigating the Function of Play Bows in Dog and Wolf Puppies (Canis lupus familiarisCanis lupus occidentalis). PloS one.