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Submitted by koganezova on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:20

    The purpose of this study is to examine the behavioral response of domesticated dogs, Canis familiaris, to different tonal variations of human voice.  A series of video clips were recorded of two dogs in their own separate and familiar homes. Stimuli in the form of tonal variation by the dogs’ masters was presented to the dogs to observe their response. The clips were sorted into two videos according to the tone of voice: a “happy”, more upbeat tone associated with positive interaction between human and dog, and a “condescending” tone, usually reserved for response to “bad” behaviors eliciting human disappointment or punishment. Stimuli were random and did not occur in response to a previous behavior of the dogs. A key of behaviors associated with each tone was created, and a time budget analysis was performed using the Jwatcher program to examine the proportion of time the dog spent in each behavior according to tonal context. Results showed that “happy” tone stimuli resulted most often in  jumping, followed by licking and tail wagging, which are behaviors commonly associated with positive social intention. In the video with clips presenting the “condescending” tone stimuli, submissive behaviors such as lying down and looking up were more common.

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This was a really well written paragraph. The only thing I would reccomend is splitting this sentence :"The clips were sorted into two videos according to the tone of voice: a “happy”, more upbeat tone associated with positive interaction between human and dog, and a “condescending” tone, usually reserved for response to “bad” behaviors eliciting human disappointment or punishment." into two different sentences. It just seems to run on for a while.

This is a pretty interesting study. Your paragraph is very solid and very detailed. I agree with the first comment. It might be better to separate the sentence into two. One that says "Tones were happy and sad. The happy corresponded to ...". Just as an example. I'd also look into grouping the tones and results together so that it makes more sequential sense and helps the reader put two and two. For example, "Happy tone corresponds to upbeat tone. This resulted in wagging of tale. Sad tone corresponds to dissapoitment or punishment. The dog responded with bowing head..." Something like that. Great job.