What do we Know About the Minds of Spiders?
When you think of smart animals, what’s the first species that pops into your head? Crows? Dolphins?What about spiders?Chances are, spiders wouldn’t be the first you’d think of. […]
The 3 Core Traits that Shape Elephant Personalities
A group of Asian elephants were evaluated for consistent differences in their behavior, with rankings given for a variety of traits and tendencies. The findings showed that elephant personalities were expressed through 3 […]
5 Animals Famous for their Intelligence
Over the past half-century, the field of animal cognition research has grown tremendously. This ever-increasing interest in both the scientific and public spheres has allowed a spotlight to fall on animals who […]
Great Apes Know When You’re Wrong
Humankind’s closest relatives are proving that not only can they recognize when a human believes something that’s false, but that they will often help correct that false belief. A recent study done by re[…]
Animals That Can Outsmart Humans
Comparing animal cognition to our own is tricky business. Animals have differently tuned senses and use them in sometimes radically different ways than we do. In some cases, there simply is no commeasurability. Yet […]
Secret Geniuses: 5 Surprisingly Smart Animals
While they may not be known as the smartest animals in the world, these 5 animals are unexpectedly brainy. This list of surprisingly smart animals examines the intelligence of five underestimated species. […]
Can Dogs Tell Time?
Many dog owners say that it seems like their dogs “just know” when family members usually come home, or even when other routine events are about to take place (such as going out for a walk). Yet, if dogs can’t read clocks or count hours, how is this possible? […]
Bonobos Make Love AND War
There is a common misconception that bonobos never fight; if tensions are running high, they have sex or rub their genitals together and everything’s just peachy. But bonobos do fight and they do form coalitions to support one another in aggressive interactions. […]
How do Horses Communicate with Humans?
When asked to think about how horses and humans communicate with each other, most … Read more
Bird-Brained Behaviour: Pheasant Cognition
Dr. Joah Madden studies pheasants, a type of bird frequently seen in the British … Read more
Altruism in Chimpanzees
In 2005, Drs. Felix Warnecken and Michael Tomasello conducted a study on altruism in human infants and chimpanzees.1 Altruism is taking action to help someone else, even when that action won’t be reciprocated or otherwise benefit oneself. To put it simply, altruistic actions are motivated purely by the desire to […]
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