Animal Learning and Intelligence News
April 1, 2020

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Bees Recognize That Six Is More Than Four

A new study at the University of Cologne proves that insects can perform basic numerical cognition tasks. Their neuronal network can also be used to perform successful machine ... read more
Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique, according to ... read more

African Grey Parrots Spontaneously 'Lend a Wing'

People and other great apes are known for their willingness to help others in need, even strangers. Now, researchers have shown for the first time that some birds -- and specifically African grey ... read more

Dogs Process Numerical Quantities in Similar Brain Region as Humans

The results of a new canine numerosity study suggests that a common neural mechanism has been deeply conserved across mammalian ... read more
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Studying Animal Cognition in the Wild

Studying cognition in the wild is a challenge. Field researchers and their study animals face many factors that can easily interfere with their variables of interest and that many say are ... read more

An AI Technology to Reveal the Characteristics of Animal Behavior Only from the Trajectory

Recording the movements of people and animals has become easy because of small GPS devices and video cameras. However, the reasons for such movements remain difficult to infer. Scientists have ... read more

How Octopus Arms Make Decisions

Researchers studying the behavior and neuroscience of octopuses have long suspected that the animals' arms may have minds of their own. A new model is the first attempt at a comprehensive ... read more

Bees Can Link Symbols to Numbers, Study Finds

We know bees get the concept of zero and can do basic math. Now researchers have discovered they may also be capable of connecting symbols to numbers. It's a finding that sheds new light on how ... read more

What Makes Memories Stronger?

Scientists have found that highly demanding and rewarding experiences result in stronger memories. By studying navigation in rats, the researchers traced back the mechanism behind this selective ... read more

Researchers Discover the Source of New Neurons in Brain's Hippocampus

Researchers have shown, in mice, that one type of stem cell that makes adult neurons is the source of this lifetime stock of new cells in the hippocampus. These findings may help neuroscientists ... read more

Wildlife Tourism May Negatively Affect African Elephants' Behavior

Increasing numbers of tourists are interested in observing wildlife such as African elephants, and income generated from tourism potentially aids in the protection of animals and their habitats. ... read more

Fish Appear to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror

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 ... read more

Bees Can Do Basic Arithmetic

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 ... read more

Do Bigger Brains Equal Smarter Dogs? New Study Offers Answers

Larger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control than smaller breeds, according to new ... read more

Bees Can Count With Small Number of Nerve Cells in Their Brains, Research Suggests

Bees can solve seemingly clever counting tasks with very small numbers of nerve cells in their brains, according to ... read more

Toolbox for Studying the Existence of Animal Cultures

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 ... read more

Great Apes and Ravens Plan Without Thinking

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, ... read more

Dogs Know When They Don't Know

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 ... read more

What Makes a Good Working Dog? Canine 'Aptitude Test' Might Offer Clues

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 ... read more

New Caledonian Crows Can Create Compound Tools

The birds are able to combine individual parts to form a long-distance reaching ... read more

Scientists Chase Mystery of How Dogs Process Words

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 ... read more

Dog Intelligence 'Not Exceptional'

People who think dogs are exceptionally intelligent are barking up the wrong tree, new research ... read more

How Exercise Generates New Neurons, Improves Cognition in Alzheimer's Mouse

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 ... read more

Heritability Explains Fast-Learning Chicks

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 ... read more

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