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  • Fish Appear to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror
    on February 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    The cleaner wrasse fish (Labroides dimidiatus), responds to its reflection and attempts to remove marks on its body during the mirror test -- a method considered the gold standard for determining self-awareness in animals. The finding suggests that fish might possess far higher cognitive powers than previously thought, and ignites a high-stakes debate over how we assess the intelligence of animals that are so unlike ourselves. […]

  • Bees can do basic arithmetic
    on February 7, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Researchers set out to test whether bees could do math, building on a groundbreaking finding that bees understand the concept of zero. The new study shows bees can be taught to recognize colors as symbolic representations for addition and subtraction, and use this information to solve arithmetic problems. The revelation that even the miniature brain of a honeybee can grasp basic mathematical operations has implications for the future development of AI. […]

  • Do bigger brains equal smarter dogs? New study offers answers
    on January 29, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Larger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control than smaller breeds, according to new research. […]

  • Bees can count with small number of nerve cells in their brains, research suggests
    on December 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Bees can solve seemingly clever counting tasks with very small numbers of nerve cells in their brains, according to researchers. […]

  • Toolbox for studying the existence of animal cultures
    on November 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Fruit flies possess all of the cognitive capacities needed to culturally transmit their sexual preferences across generations, according to researchers. Their study provides the first experimental toolbox for studying the existence of animal cultures, thereby opening up an entire field of research. […]

  • Great apes and ravens plan without thinking
    on November 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Planning and self control in animals do not require human-like mental capacities, according to a new study. Newly developed learning models, similar to models within artificial intelligence research, show how planning in ravens and great apes can develop through prior experiences without any need of thinking. […]

  • Dogs know when they don't know
    on November 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Researchers have shown that dogs possess some 'metacognitive' abilities -- specifically, they are aware of when they do not have enough information to solve a problem and will actively seek more information. The researchers created a test in which dogs had to find a reward behind one of two fences. They found that the dogs looked for additional information significantly more often when they had not seen where the reward was hidden. […]

  • 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. […]

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