Scientific Publications

Hecht, E.E., Zapata, I., Alvarez, C.E. et al. Neurodevelopmental scaling is a major driver of brain–behavior differences in temperament across dog breeds. Brain Struct Funct (2021). 
Hecht EE, Kukekova AV, Gutman DA, Acland GM, Preuss TM, and Trut LN. 2021. “Neuromorphological Changes following Selection for Tameness and Aggression in the Russian Farm-Fox experiment.” Journal of Neuroscience, 41, 28, Pp. 6144–56. Publisher's Version
Cheryl S. Rosenfeld, Jessica P. Hekman, Jennifer J. Johnson, Zhen Lyu, Madison T. Ortega, Trupti Joshi, Jiude Mao, Anastasiya V. Vladimorova, Rimma G. Gulevich, Anastasiya V. Kharlamova, Gregory M. Acland, Erin E. Hecht, Xu Wang, Andrew G. Clark, Lyudmila N. Trut, Susanta K. Behura, and Anna V. Kukekova. 1/2020. “Hypothalamic transcriptome of tame and aggressive silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes) identifies gene expression differences shared across brain regions.” Genes, Brain and Behavior, 19, 1, Pp. e12614. Publisher's Versionrosenfeld_et_al-2019-genes_brain_and_behavior.pdf
Erin E. Hecht, Jeroen B. Smaers, William D. Dunn, Marc Kent, Todd M. Preuss, and David A. Gutman. 9/2/2019. “Significant neuroanatomical variation among domestic dog breeds.” The Journal of Neuroscience. Publisher's Versionhecht2019_neuroanatomicalvariationdogbreeds.pdf

Public Talks


The Science of Canine Play

By Sophie Barton | Petminded | May 2021

Why is My Dog Like That?

By Sophie Barton | Harvard Museums of Science & Culture | February 2021

News & Interviews


Does your dog care if you die?

By Alvin Powell | Harvard Gazette | February 2022

New wrinkle in tale of wolf-to-dog evolution

By Juan Siliezar | Harvard Gazette | July 2021

Breeding Foxes for Opposite Behaviors Produces Similar Brain Changes

Neuroscience News | June 2021

Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.

By Kate McGowan | Popular Science | Febuary 2020

Hunters, herders, & companions: Breeding dogs has reordered their brains

By Jill Radsken | Harvard Gazette | September 2019

As humans shaped dogs' bodies, we also altered their brains

By Jason Bittel | The Washington Post | September 2019

Canine MRIs Sniff Out How Human Preferences Shaped Dog's Hallmark Traits

By Sharon Begley | Scientific American | September 2019

Will This Dog Hunt?

By William Inman | Georgia State University Magazine | Fall 2018

Interviews with Researchers

How centuries of selective breeding has changed the shape of dogs' brains

CBC: As It Happens | Interview with Dr. Erin Hecht | September 2019

Study Finds Humans Over Time Have "Systematically" Shaped the Brains of Dogs

WBUR | Interview with Dr. Erin Hecht | September 2019

Canine Brains Project