Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside the mind of a dog? Dog cognition researcher and author Alexandra Horowitz explores how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our own underused sense of smell to work in surprising ways.
Jumping off from her new book Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell and over a decade of canine research, Dr. Horowitz delves into the astonishing load of information dogs acquire from a single sniff of air, the anatomy of a dog’s snout and the human nose, and the ability of tracking dogs to sniff out everything from fire ants to their owners’ declining glucose levels.
Alexandra Horowitz is director of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. She has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, and Smithsonian, and she has been a featured scientist on NPR and NOVA ScienceNOW. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog, On Looking, and most recently Being a Dog.
--Try the hair of the dog that bit you! Our cocktail of the night, the Finnegan & Upton, is named for the canine pair that inspires Dr. Horowitz’s research.
--Groove to the sounds of scents
--Stick around for the sweet-smelling Q&A
--Snag a signed copy of Alexandra Horowitz’s new book, Being a Dog
This next tail-wagging edition of the Secret Science Club meets Tuesday, January 10, 8 pm @ the Bell House, 149 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Subway: F or G to 4th Ave; R to 9th Street.
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Please bring ID: 21+. No cover. Just bring your smart self!