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New Research Details Unexpected Cognition Among Some Animals, Scientists Say at Annual Meeting
But the assumption may be wrong, according to research discussed at the AAAS Annual Meeting. The Associated Press cited Edward Wasserman, an experimental psychologist at the University of Iowa, and wrote: "Monkeys perform mental math, pigeons can select the picture that doesn't belong. [And] humans may not be the only animals that plan for the future."
It's a story with near-universal appeal--and in one form or another it was picked up from Dublin to Detroit and L.A. In Brazil, where the AP story ran on Estadao.com under the headline
In Schmid's story, Nicola S. Clayton, a professor of comparative cognition
He also cited Jessica Cantlon of
"Indeed," he wrote, "college students and macaques seem equally able
to roughly sum up sets of objects without actually counting them."
Dick Ahlstrom, in the Irish Times, wrote: "A 'backbone' measure of intelligence was whether the organism recognised things that are the same and things that are different, he [Wasserman] said. Humans do this as a matter of course, but when tested, baboons and pigeons have shown they could do it too. The same two species could also recognise "relations between relations," a form of knowing which was the odd one out.
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