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June 26, 2022

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Neuromorphic Memory Device Simulates Neurons and Synapses

Researchers have reported a nano-sized neuromorphic memory device that emulates neurons and synapses simultaneously in a unit cell, another step toward completing the goal of neuromorphic computing ...

Bolder Marmoset Monkeys Learn Faster Than Shy Ones

Individual traits seem to drive our learning success: for instance, conscientious individuals often show higher academic performance. A group of cognitive and behavioral biologists conducted ...

Unravelling the Mystery of Parrot Longevity

Bigger brains have led some species of parrot to live surprisingly long lives, new research ...

Photo or the Real Thing? Mice Can Inherently Recall and Tell Them Apart, Experiments Show

The ability to make perceptual and conceptual judgements such as knowing the difference between a picture of an object and the actual 3D object ...
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Quantifying Cognitive Decline in Dogs Could Help Humans With Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers have found that a suite of complimentary tests can quantify changes in dogs suspected of suffering from cognitive decline. The approach could not only aid owners in managing their elderly ...

Elephants Solve Problems With Personality

This study makes connections between two sources of individual variation, personality and cognition, in threatened ...

Asian Elephants Do More Than Just Trumpet -- They Buzz Their Lips to Squeak

Communication is crucial for elephants that live in complex multi-tiered social systems. Apart from their iconic trumpets uttered through the trunk, Asian elephants also produce species-specific ...

Petting Therapy Dogs Enhances Thinking Skills of Stressed College Students

Programs exclusively focused on petting therapy dogs improved stressed-out students' thinking and planning skills more effectively than programs that included traditional stress-management ...

Mammals Evolved Big Brains After Big Disasters

A large study reveals the way relative brain size of mammals changed over the last 150 million ...

Travel Paths of Primates Show How Their Minds Work

Using data from 164 wild primate populations, the global survey examines the mental abilities that primates, including ourselves, use to know where and when to travel in the most efficient ...

Mice Master Complex Thinking With a Remarkable Capacity for Abstraction

Categorization is the brain's tool to organize nearly everything we encounter in our daily lives. Grouping information into categories simplifies our complex world and helps us to react quickly ...

Mystery Canine Illness Identified: Animal Coronavirus

An outbreak of vomiting among dogs has been traced back to a type of animal coronavirus by researchers. Vets across the country began reporting cases of acute onset prolific vomiting in ...

Dogs Synchronize Their Behavior With Children, but Not as Much as With Adults, Study Finds

Dogs synchronize their behavior with the children in their family, but not as much as they do with adults, a new study ...

Friends Fur Life Help Build Skills for Life

A new study finds children not only reap the benefits of working with therapy dogs -- they enjoy it ...

Mediterranean-Style Diet Linked to Better Thinking Skills in Later Life

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet -- particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat -- are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows. Closely adhering ...

Training Methods Based on Punishment Compromise Dog Welfare, Study Finds

After aversive training, dogs had a lower behavioral state (higher stress and anxiety), a new study has found. If aversive methods were used in high proportions, that persisted even in other ...

Nervous Systems of Insects Inspire Efficient Future AI Systems

Study explores functions of fruit fly's nervous system in food seeking / results valuable for the development and control of artificial ...

Social Life as a Driving Factor of Birds' Generosity

Taking a look at generosity within the crow family reveals parallels with human evolution. Working together to raise offspring and increased tolerance towards group members contribute to the ...

Battling With Neighbors Could Make Animals Smarter

From ants to primates, 'Napoleonic' intelligence has evolved to help animals contend with the myriad cognitive challenges arising from interactions with rival outsiders, suggest ...

First Rehoming of Laboratory Dogs in Finland Successful but Required a Great Deal of Work

Researchers monitored the success of rehoming 16 laboratory beagles in 2015-2018. The study revealed that the development of house training skills could be supported by care arrangements at the ...

Primate Brain Size Does Not Predict Their Intelligence

A research team has systematically investigated the cognitive abilities of lemurs, which have relatively small brains compared to other primates. Conducting systematic tests with identical methods ...

How Researchers Look at the Bird Brain in Action

How do birds make decisions and which brain regions are particularly active when they solve tasks? Researchers are investigating these questions. So far, only anesthetized birds and therefore passive ...

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 ...

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