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Animal Cognition

Bear Known For Lounging Shows She *Nose* Computers

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 07.15.2016 | Science

Are bears brainier than we thought? New research on Migwan, a North American black bear at the Detroit Zoo, shows that bears are able to connect photo...

Goats May Have Better Communication Skills Than We Give Them Credit For

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 07.06.2016 | Science

Goats are having a moment. After living with humans for about 10,000 years and being incredibly funny all along, they are finally getting some credit ...

Dolphins Chatter More When Solving Tricky Tasks

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.01.2016 | Science

It's known dolphins use acoustic signals to maintain contact with one another and find food. Now, a new study shows that they also use them when solvi...

Horses Can Read Human Facial Expressions, New Study Suggests

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Science

Horses are able to distinguish between at least some human facial expressions, suggests a new study by researchers at the U.K.’s University of Susse...

Horses Use Complex Facial Expressions Nearly Identical To Humans

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science

The ability to use complex facial expressions to convey emotion isn't unique to humans -- chimpanzees, dogs and cats also possess this ability. Scient...

Does Your Dog Recognize Your Face?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Have you ever wondered how your dog knows it's you coming home after a long day at work, or an evening out? How does she know, as you come through the...

Dogs Don't Remember Yesterday, Claims Psychologist

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

I don't see that dogs or other nonhuman animals (animals) greeting a friend(s) after a short absence says much about whether or not they remember that an individual(s) had just been there.

People and Other Animals: It's a Croc (Not!)

Ken White | Posted 05.11.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I have a three-inch scar on my right forearm from when a caiman (a horribly ignored exotic "pet" I was involved in rescuing) tried to separate that part of my limb from the rest of my body. The scar is now decades old but the memory is fresh.

Why Your Cat May Be More Human Than You Think

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Dr. Karen Becker

It's official. Your cat really IS giving you the cold shoulder. Not only is Garfield's hearing just fine, so is his ability to understand when you're...

An Interview With Dr. Culum Brown

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

Last week, the esteemed journal Animal Cognition published a review paper on fish that concludes, "fish perception and cognitive abilities often match or exceed other vertebrates."

9 Life Lessons We Can Learn From Animals

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.23.2013 | Science

What wisdom can whales impart? What can cats teach us? More than you might imagine. With our extraordinary brains and other unique attributes, we ...

Do Dogs 'Catch' Yawns From Their Owners?

| Virginia Morell | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

Observant dog owners know that if they yawn, their dog is likely to do the same. It’s called contagious yawning, and it’s something that we do wit...

Are Apes Capable Of 'Time Travel?'

| Virginia Morell | Posted 07.19.2013 | Science

A single cue -- the taste of a madeleine, a small cake, dipped in lime tea -- was all Marcel Proust needed to be transported down memory lane. He had ...

Who's Smarter? Dogs vs Cats (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Jon Hotchkiss

So, to find out which pet is smarter, dog or cat, This vs That joined forces with dozens of the cutest dogs and cats along with Dr. Aaron Blasidell, the head of UCLA's Animal Cognition Lab and conducted a series of dynamic and interactive experiments.

Chimp Study Sheds Light On Origins Of Teamwork

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 03.22.2013 | Science

Teamwork is a hallmark of the human species, but a new study shows we're not the only ones to cooperate. Chimpanzees team up to help each other to ach...

Video Experiment Tests Dogs' Ability To Recognize Their Own

| Posted 02.19.2013 | Science

By Becky Crew | February 18, 2013 They may have the largest physical variety among all animal species on Earth, but dogs can still recognise one...

Cara Santa Maria

Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.25.2012 | Science

LOLCats may make us laugh out loud, but do the kittens in these adorable memes find their own behavior funny? I wondered about humor in the animal kin...

Do Pooches Feel Our Pain? New Study's Complicated Answer

Posted 06.08.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 06/08/2012 10:04 AM EDT on LiveScience Plenty of pet owners are comforted by a pair o...

Some Pets 'Catch' Yawns From Humans, Study Suggests

| Zuberoa Marcos | Posted 05.08.2012 | Science

Yawn next to your dog, and she may do the same. Though it seems simple, this contagious behavior is actually quite remarkable: Only a few animals do i...

Chimpanzees in the Crossfire: Are They Really More Clever Than Us?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 10.22.2011 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

There's much continued debate about how clever we are and how clever other animals are. This was among the wide variety of topics discussed at a recen...

Stingray Tool Use Showcases Its Cognitive Abilities For The First Time

BBC | Jody Bourton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Researchers gave South American freshwater stingrays tests to evaluate their problem-solving ability. The stingrays learned to use jets of water as a...