My Peep At Life…

February 16, 2009

We’re not so clever after all

Filed under: News — @ 10:07 AM
baboon

We all like to think humans are the smartest animals on the planet, and we’re probably right. The gap probably isn’t as big as we’d like to think either though. A recent study has shown baboons and pigeons are both capable of higher thought processes.

The study looked at the ‘backbone’ of human intelligence, the cognitive ability to determine if 2 or more items are the same or different. They used joysticks and computerized visual images to see how baboons responded. They were able to solve relational matching to sample problems, hence demonstrating a recognition of similar items.

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