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  • What makes a good working dog? Canine 'aptitude test' might offer clues
    on October 25, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    A canine cognition test could help organizations that train working dogs identify the dogs that are most likely to succeed, according to new research. If organizations could better predict which dogs will succeed in working roles, it could save thousands of dollars in training costs and ensure people in need get dogs faster. […]

  • New Caledonian crows can create compound tools
    on October 24, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching aid. […]

  • Scientists chase mystery of how dogs process words
    on October 15, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Experimental results suggest that dogs have at least a rudimentary neural representation of meaning for words they have been taught, differentiating words they have heard before from those they have not. […]

  • Dog intelligence 'not exceptional'
    on October 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    People who think dogs are exceptionally intelligent are barking up the wrong tree, new research shows. […]

  • How exercise generates new neurons, improves cognition in Alzheimer's mouse
    on September 6, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    A study finds that neurogenesis -- inducing the production of new neurons -- in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. […]

  • Heritability explains fast-learning chicks
    on August 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Both genetic and environmental factors explain cognitive traits, shows a new study carried out on red junglefowl. Researchers have shown that the ability of fowl to cope with difficult learning tasks is heritable, while their optimism can be explained by environmental factors. […]

  • Meet the virtual pooch that could help prevent dog bites
    on August 25, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    A virtual dog could soon be used as an educational tool to help prevent dog bites, thanks to an innovative project led by the University of Liverpool's Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC). […]

  • Primate study offers clues to evolution of speech
    on August 9, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    New research examining the brains and vocal repertoires of primates offers important insight into the evolution of human speech. […]

  • Neuroscientists uncover secret to intelligence in parrots
    on July 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Neuroscientists have identified the neural circuit that may underlay intelligence in birds, according to a new study. The discovery is an example of convergent evolution between the brains of birds and primates, with the potential to provide insight into the neural basis of human intelligence. […]

  • Are smarter animals bigger troublemakers?
    on June 18, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    A new paper examines whether smarter animals might be better at learning to live in cities -- but, at the same time, also may come into more conflict with humans. […]

  • Bees understand the concept of zero
    on June 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Scientists have discovered honeybees can understand the concept of zero, putting them in an elite club of clever animals that can grasp the abstract mathematical notion of nothing. […]

  • Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems
    on June 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    A new study sheds light on how people influence animal behavior. Researchers evaluated the behavior of search and rescue dogs and pet dogs when presented with the same problem-solving task. Both sets of dogs persisted at the task for about the same proportion of time, but the search and rescue dogs were more successful at solving the task when encouraged by their owners. […]

  • Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic
    on June 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a new study. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines. […]

  • Optimal age of puppy cuteness optimized
    on May 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Canine researchers reveals more about the depth and origin of the human-dog relationship. […]

  • Neuroscientists find first evidence animals can mentally replay past events
    on May 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Researchers have reported the first evidence that non-human animals can mentally replay past events from memory. The discovery could help improve the development of drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease by providing a way to study memory in animals that more closely addresses how memory works in people. […]

  • Scientists teach computers how to analyze brain cells
    on April 12, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    In the early days of neuroscience research, scientists painstakingly stained brain cells and drew by hand what they saw in a microscope. Fast forward to 2018 and machines may be able to learn how to do that work. According to a new study, it may be possible to teach machines how to pick out features in neurons and other cells that have not been stained or undergone other damaging treatments. […]

  • Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts
    on April 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Researchers show that clever lemurs -- some of our earliest primate relatives -- gain social standing as the result of their problem-solving skills. […]

  • Who's smarter in the classroom -- men or women?
    on April 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    A first-of-its-kind study shows that in the college biology classroom, men perceive themselves as smarter, even when compared to women whose grades demonstrate they are just as accomplished. The study shows that gender greatly impacts students' perceptions of their own intelligence, particularly when they compare themselves to others. […]

  • Brain genes related to innovation revealed in birds
    on March 14, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Wild birds that are more clever than others at foraging for food have different levels of a neurotransmitter receptor that has been linked with intelligence in humans, according to a new study. The findings could provide insight into the evolutionary mechanisms affecting cognitive traits in a range of animals. […]

  • Ball or stuffed toy -- Do dogs 'know' what they're smelling?
    on March 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Dogs' excellent sense of smell is well-known, whether it is in the context of searching for people or for contraband substances. However, the question of how dogs understand what they perceive with their sense of smell has largely been unexplored. Scientists have now found evidence that dogs create a 'mental representation' of the target when they track a scent trail. […]

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