Animal Cognition is an interdisciplinary journal offering current research from many disciplines (ethology, behavioral ecology, animal behavior and learning, cognitive sciences, comparative psychology and evolutionary psychology) on all aspects of animal (and human) cognition in an evolutionary framework. Animal Cognition publishes original empirical and theoretical work, reviews, short communications and correspondence on the mechanisms and evolution of biologically rooted cognitive-intellectual structures. The journal explores animal time perception and use; causality detection; innate reaction patterns and innate bases of learning; numerical competence and frequency expectancies; symbol use; communication; problem solving, animal thinking and use of tools, and the modularity of the mind.
First study to show that birds and not just mammals copy yawns
Have you ever caught yourself yawning right after someone else did? The same happens to budgies, says Andrew Gallup of State University of New York in the US. His research team is the first to note that contagious ...
Barking characterizes dogs as voice characterizes people
An international group of researchers has conducted a study on canine behavior showing that gender, age, context and individual recognition can be identified with a high percentage of success through statistical ...
Study shows that rats will try to save members of their own species from drowning
Rats have more heart than you might think. When one is drowning, another will put out a helping paw to rescue its mate. This is especially true for rats that previously had a watery near-death experience, ...
Spider monkeys point to new understanding of hand dominance
Spider monkeys aren't the hook-handed primates scientists always believed they were.
First evidence that reptiles can learn through imitation
New research has for the first time provided evidence that reptiles could be capable of social learning through imitation.
New study takes the shine off magpie folklore
Magpies are not attracted to shiny objects and don't routinely steal small trinkets such as jewellery, according to a new study.
'Grass-in-the-ear' technique sets new trend in chimp etiquette
Chimpanzees are copycats and, in the process, they form new traditions that are often particular to only one specific group of these primates. Such are the findings of an international group of scientists, ...
Not so fast—our fishy friends can also feel pain
Do you still believe that fish are dumb and cannot feel pain? That we do not have to worry much about how they are cared for or caught? Think again, says Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia, ...
Brain size matters when it comes to animal self-control
(Phys.org) —Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals ...
Sometimes less is more for hungry dogs
Hungry dogs would be expected to choose alternatives leading to more food rather than less food. But just as with humans and monkeys, they sometimes show a "less is more" effect. Thus conclude Kristina Pattison ...
Bees capable of learning feats with tasty prize in sight
They may have tiny brains, but bumblebees are capable of some remarkable learning feats, especially when they might get a tasty reward, according to two studies by University of Guelph researchers.
Reciprocal behaviour in non-human primates a balancing act between fairness and empathy (w/ Video)
A study into whether grey parrots understand the notion of sharing suggests that they can learn the benefits of reciprocity.
Fruit-loving lemurs score higher on spatial memory tests
Food-finding tests in five lemur species show that fruit-eaters may have better spatial memory than lemurs with a more varied diet.
Dogs recognize familiar faces from images
So far the specialized skill for recognizing facial features holistically has been assumed to be a quality that only humans and possibly primates possess. Although it's well known, that faces and eye contact ...
Dogs could soon predict behavior of 'their human'
In a study which delves further into the nature versus nurture debate, scientists in the evolutionary biology lab at Abertay University have come upon some surprising results.