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- Scientists discover gut bacteria that improve memory in beeson November 25, 2021 at 8:48 pm
An international research team have discovered a specific type of gut bacteria in bees that can improve memory.
- Gorillas can tell human voices aparton October 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm
A new study is the first to show that gorillas are able to recognize familiar human voices based on their relationship with the speaker.
- Smart parrots need more stimulationon October 5, 2021 at 11:09 pm
The smarter the bird, the more unique welfare needs it has in captivity, according to a new study that helps to explain why many intelligent animals struggle in captivity. The findings are also important to owners of intelligent birds to ensure they provide them with naturalistic diets rather than processed foods.
- Both early experiences and gene expression influence impulsivity in chickson August 18, 2021 at 5:05 pm
Differences in impulsivity between individuals are linked to both experience and gene expression, according to a study on the ancestor of domestic chickens, the red junglefowl.
- You can snuggle wolf pups all you want, they still won't 'get' you quite like your dogon July 12, 2021 at 4:22 pm
You know your dog gets your gist when you point and say 'go find the ball' and he scampers right to it. This knack for understanding human gestures may seem unremarkable, but it's a complex cognitive ability that is rare in the animal kingdom. New research comparing dog puppies to human-reared wolf pups offers some clues to how dogs' unusual people-reading skills came to be.
- Elephants solve problems with personalityon June 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm
This study makes connections between two sources of individual variation, personality and cognition, in threatened species.
- Asian elephants do more than just trumpet -- they buzz their lips to squeakon June 23, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Communication is crucial for elephants that live in complex multi-tiered social systems. Apart from their iconic trumpets uttered through the trunk, Asian elephants also produce species-specific squeaks by buzzing their lips. This demonstrates once again the elephant's flexibility in sound production.
- Petting therapy dogs enhances thinking skills of stressed college studentson May 12, 2021 at 12:34 pm
Programs exclusively focused on petting therapy dogs improved stressed-out students' thinking and planning skills more effectively than programs that included traditional stress-management information, according to new research.
- Mammals evolved big brains after big disasterson April 29, 2021 at 1:02 pm
A large study reveals the way relative brain size of mammals changed over the last 150 million years.
- Travel paths of primates show how their minds workon April 23, 2021 at 5:01 pm
Using data from 164 wild primate populations, the global survey examines the mental abilities that primates, including ourselves, use to know where and when to travel in the most efficient way.
- Mice master complex thinking with a remarkable capacity for abstractionon April 21, 2021 at 4:46 pm
Categorization is the brain's tool to organize nearly everything we encounter in our daily lives. Grouping information into categories simplifies our complex world and helps us to react quickly and effectively to new experiences. Scientists have now shown that also mice categorize surprisingly well. The researchers identified neurons encoding learned categories and thereby demonstrated how abstract information is represented at the neuronal level.
- Mystery canine illness identified: Animal coronaviruson April 14, 2021 at 3:35 pm
An outbreak of vomiting among dogs has been traced back to a type of animal coronavirus by researchers. Vets across the country began reporting cases of acute onset prolific vomiting in 2019/20.
- Dogs synchronize their behavior with children, but not as much as with adults, study findson February 22, 2021 at 2:50 pm
Dogs synchronize their behavior with the children in their family, but not as much as they do with adults, a new study found.
- Friends fur life help build skills for lifeon February 17, 2021 at 10:52 pm
A new study finds children not only reap the benefits of working with therapy dogs -- they enjoy it too.
- Mediterranean-style diet linked to better thinking skills in later lifeon February 10, 2021 at 6:33 pm
People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet -- particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat -- are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows. Closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet was associated with higher scores on a range of memory and thinking tests among adults in their late 70s, the research found. The study found no link, however, between the Mediterranean-style diet and better brain health.
- Training methods based on punishment compromise dog welfare, study findson December 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm
After aversive training, dogs had a lower behavioral state (higher stress and anxiety), a new study has found. If aversive methods were used in high proportions, that persisted even in other contexts.
- Nervous systems of insects inspire efficient future AI systemson November 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm
Study explores functions of fruit fly's nervous system in food seeking / results valuable for the development and control of artificial intelligence.
- Social life as a driving factor of birds' generosityon October 22, 2020 at 3:25 pm
Taking a look at generosity within the crow family reveals parallels with human evolution. Working together to raise offspring and increased tolerance towards group members contribute to the emergence of generous behavior among ravens, crows, magpies and company. Biologists found that the social life of corvids is a crucial factor for whether the birds act generously or not.
- Battling with neighbors could make animals smarteron October 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm
From ants to primates, 'Napoleonic' intelligence has evolved to help animals contend with the myriad cognitive challenges arising from interactions with rival outsiders, suggest researchers.
- First rehoming of laboratory dogs in Finland successful but required a great deal of workon October 5, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Researchers monitored the success of rehoming 16 laboratory beagles in 2015-2018. The study revealed that the development of house training skills could be supported by care arrangements at the laboratory animal facilities.