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Animal Learning and Intelligence News
May 20, 2019

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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 ... 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

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
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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

Meet the Virtual Pooch That Could Help Prevent Dog Bites

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 ... read more

Primate Study Offers Clues to Evolution of Speech

New research examining the brains and vocal repertoires of primates offers important insight into the evolution of human ... read more

Neuroscientists Uncover Secret to Intelligence in Parrots

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 ... read more

Are Smarter Animals Bigger Troublemakers?

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 ... read more

Bees Understand the Concept of Zero

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 ... read more

Human Encouragement Might Influence How Dogs Solve Problems

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 ... read more

Dogs Can Be a Potential Risk for Future Influenza Pandemic

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 ... read more

Optimal Age of Puppy Cuteness Optimized

Canine researchers reveals more about the depth and origin of the human-dog ... read more

Neuroscientists Find First Evidence Animals Can Mentally Replay Past Events

Researchers have reported the first evidence that non-human animals can mentally replay past events from memory. The discovery could help improve the development of drugs to treat Alzheimer's ... read more

Scientists Teach Computers How to Analyze Brain Cells

In the early days of neuroscience research, scientists painstakingly stained brain cells and drew by hand what they saw in a microscope. Fast forward to 2018 and machines may be able to learn how to ... read more

Lessons from Lemurs: To Make Friends, Show Off Your Smarts

Researchers show that clever lemurs -- some of our earliest primate relatives -- gain social standing as the result of their problem-solving ... read more

Who's Smarter in the Classroom -- Men or Women?

A first-of-its-kind study shows that in the college biology classroom, men perceive themselves as smarter, even when compared to women whose grades demonstrate they are just as accomplished. The ... read more

Brain Genes Related to Innovation Revealed in Birds

Wild birds that are more clever than others at foraging for food have different levels of a neurotransmitter receptor that has been linked with intelligence in humans, according to a new study. The ... read more

Ball or Stuffed Toy -- Do Dogs 'Know' What They're Smelling?

Dogs' excellent sense of smell is well-known, whether it is in the context of searching for people or for contraband substances. However, the question of how dogs understand what they perceive ... read more

Virtual Predator Is 'Self-Aware', Behaves Like Living Counterpart

Scientists report that they've built an artificially intelligent ocean predator that behaves a lot like the original flesh-and-blood organism on which it was modeled. The virtual creature, ... read more

Chimpanzee Self-Control Is Related to Intelligence

As is true in humans, chimpanzees' general intelligence is correlated to their ability to exert self-control and delay gratification, according to new ... read more

Large-Group Living Boosts Magpie Intelligence

Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research ... read more

Brain Training for Old Dogs: Could Touchscreen Games Become the Sudoku of Man’s Best Friend?

Spoiling old dogs in their twilight years by retiring them to the sofa and forgiving them their stubbornness or disobedience, doesn’t do our four-legged friends any good. Regular brain training and ... read more

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