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August 7, 2020

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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 ...

Big Brains and Dexterous Hands

Primates with large brains can master more complex hand movements than those with smaller brains. However, fine motor skills such as using tools can take time to learn, and humans take the longest of ...

More Than One Cognition: A Call for Change in the Field of Comparative Psychology

Researchers argue that cognitive studies in comparative psychology often wrongly take an anthropocentric approach, resulting in an over-valuation of ...

Light Drinking May Protect Brain Function

Light to moderate drinking may preserve brain function in older age, according to a new ...
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Researchers Discover the Source of New Neurons in Brain's Hippocampus

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 help neuroscientists ...

Wildlife Tourism May Negatively Affect African Elephants' Behavior

Increasing numbers of tourists are interested in observing wildlife such as African elephants, and income generated from tourism potentially aids in the protection of animals and their habitats. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Do Bigger Brains Equal Smarter Dogs? New Study Offers Answers

Larger dogs have better short-term memory and self-control than smaller breeds, according to new ...

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 ...

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