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March 29, 2017

Could Goats Become Our New Best Friend?

July 5, 2016 — Goats have the capacity to communicate with people like other domesticated animals, such as dogs and horses, according to scientists. The researchers hope the study will lead to a better ... read more

June 13, 2016 — The first study to systematically measure the number of neurons in the brains of birds has found that they have significantly more neurons packed into their small brains than are stuffed into ... read more

June 10, 2016 — Scientists have shown how the brain anticipates all of the new situations that it may encounter in a lifetime by creating a special kind of neural network that is 'pre-adapted' to face any ... read more

Brain Cells Divide the Work to Recognize Bodies

Apr. 28, 2016 — Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists have shown that the individual brain cells ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that an organism devoid of a nervous system is capable of learning. Biologists have succeeded in showing that a single-celled organism, the protist, ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new study suggests that ravens can be as clever as chimpanzees, despite having much smaller brains, indicating that rather than the size of the brain, the neuronal density and the structure of the ... read more

Can Some Birds Be Just as Smart as Apes?

Mar. 3, 2016 — At first glance, the brains of birds and mammals show many significant differences. In spite of that, the cognitive skills of some groups of birds match those of apes, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — In a breakthrough study that could improve how people learn and retain information, researchers significantly boosted the memory and mental performance of laboratory mice through electrical ... read more

Human Children and Wild Great Apes Share Their Tool Use Cognition

Feb. 24, 2016 — Young children will spontaneously invent tool behaviors to solve novel problems, without the help of adults, much as non-human great apes have been observed to do. The findings are contrary to the ... read more

Feb. 10, 2016 — Inhibitory control may be an indicator of a dog's ability to solve a problem, according to a new ... read more

Feb. 7, 2016 — Dogs have measurable IQs, like people, suggests new ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — The question of what sets humans apart from other animals is one of the oldest philosophical puzzles. A popular answer is that only humans can understand that others also have minds like their own. ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Aging affects the cognitive abilities of dogs, as a recent study shows. A team of scientists studied dogs of different ages working on a specially designed touchscreen and discovered that although ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Ancient rodent Paramys had a large brain that was even larger than some primitive primates of the same ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Despite decades of research, the idea that relative brain size predicts cognitive abilities remains highly controversial, because there is still little experimental evidence to support it. However, a ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — A recent study shows that the social gazing behavior of domestic dogs resembles that of humans: dogs view facial expressions systematically, preferring eyes. In addition, the facial expression alters ... read more

New Study Gives Squirrels Plenty of Food for Thought

Jan. 19, 2016 — Persistence and the ability to choose the right behavior to solve a problem are important aspects of problem solving in the common squirrel when they were learning to unravel challenges in the quest ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Dogs can recognize emotions in humans by combining information from different senses -- an ability that has never previously been observed outside of humans, a new study published today ... read more

Is Evolution More Intelligent Than We Thought?

Dec. 18, 2015 — Evolution may be more intelligent than we thought, according to researchers. In a new article, the authors make the case that evolution is able to learn from previous experience, which could provide ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Two captive elephants blast air through their trunks to grasp hard-to-reach food, suggests an initial study. This behavior, studied in a zoo population of Asian elephants, is altered according to the ... read more

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