Archive for ‘Animal cognition’

September 7, 2011

Man’s Best Friends Know Who Their Best Friends Are

Dogs may know you better than you suspect…

Man’s Best Friends Know Who Their Best Friends Are – DISCOVER Magazine

Researchers and pet owners have long known that dogs can learn spoken commands and understand certain human gestures. But can they actually eavesdrop—that is, pick up information simply by watching interactions between people? Animal cognition researcher Sarah Marshall-Pescini and her colleagues at the University of Milan believe that dogs do indeed engage in interspecies snooping.

August 18, 2011

Elephants Can Use Insight to Solve Problems

Elephants Can Use Insight to Solve Problems

Via ScienceNOW, 8/18/11

Highly social and clever and cooperative with tools, elephants are often near the top of the brainiest creatures list. Now, scientists have added a new talent to elephants’ mental repertoire: The ability to solve a problem using insight—that aha! moment when your internal light bulb switches on and you figure out the solution to a puzzle. Previously, only a limited number of species, including certain primates, crows, and parrots were known to have this ability.

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