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      December 3, 2020

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      Social Life as a Driving Factor of Birds' Generosity

      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 ...

      Battling With Neighbors Could Make Animals Smarter

      From ants to primates, 'Napoleonic' intelligence has evolved to help animals contend with the myriad cognitive challenges arising from interactions with rival outsiders, suggest ...

      Primate Brain Size Does Not Predict Their Intelligence

      A research team has systematically investigated the cognitive abilities of lemurs, which have relatively small brains compared to other primates. Conducting systematic tests with identical methods ...

      Key Brain Region Was 'Recycled' as Humans Developed the Ability to Read

      A new study offers evidence that the brain's inferotemporal cortex, which is specialized to perform object recognition, has been repurposed for a key component of reading called orthographic ...
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      Baboon Model Could Aide in Alzheimer's Disease Interventions

      Scientists recently published findings indicating the baboon could prove to be a relevant model to test therapeutics and interventions for neurodegenerative diseases, such as early stage ...

      Does Consuming Fruit During Pregnancy Improve Cognition in Babies?

      A new study explores in greater depth the effect on infant cognition of drinking fruit juice while ...

      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 ...

      Researchers Were Not Right About Left Brains, Study Suggests

      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 new ...

      Elephants' Unique Interactions With Their Dead

      Stories of unique and sentient interactions between elephants and their dead are a familiar part of the species' lore, but a comprehensive study of these interactions has been lacking -- until ...

      Early Life Experiences Biologically and Functionally Mature the Brain

      Experiences early in life have an impact on the brain's biological and functional development, shows a new study by a team of ...

      Strongly 'Handed' Squirrels Less Good at Learning

      Squirrels that strongly favor their left or right side are less good at learning, new research ...

      New Dog, Old Tricks? Stray Dogs Can Understand Human Cues

      Pet dogs are highly receptive to commands from their owners. But is this due to their training or do dogs have an innate ability to understand human signals? A new study finds that 80% of untrained ...

      How Zebra Finches Learn to Sing

      Complex learning processes like speaking or singing follow similar patterns. Using the example of zebra finches, researchers have investigated how young birds imitate the courtship songs of their ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

      Crows Consciously Control Their Calls

      Crows can voluntarily control the release and onset of their calls, suggesting that songbird vocalizations are under cognitive ...

      Understanding the Animal Brain Could Help Robots Wash Your Dishes

      Neuroscientists show how evolution and animal brains can be a rich source of inspiration for machine learning, especially to help AI tackle some enormously difficult problems, like doing the ...

      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 ...

      Three Concepts from Complexity Could Play a Big Role in Social Animal Research

      A new article lays out three concepts from complex systems science that could advance studies into animal social ...

      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 ...

      Environment, Not Evolution, Might Underlie Some Human-Ape Differences

      Apes' abilities have been unfairly measured, throwing into doubt the assumed belief that human infants are superior to adult chimpanzees, according to a new study by leaders in the field of ape ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

      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 ...

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