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Animal Intelligence

It’s not just about teaching old dogs new tricks.


A New Frontier in Animal Intelligence

Source: Scientific American

By studying the brain activity of a few animals, scientists see some evidence in them of the ability of “episodic memory” or “mental time travel.” This planning of future actions based on past experience is seen as a sign of intelligence. Psychologist Thomas Zentall states that a hint of this ability is apparent in non-human primates, dolphins, scrub-jays, rats, and pigeons.

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