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How animals understand our world
Juliane Bräuer Ph.D.
The reason why comparative psychologists choose certain animals to study is not that they love them, although they often do.
In the Zoo of Leipzig in Germany, orangutans came up with a solution to a task that 8-year-old humans have difficulty solving.
Crows are smarter than you think.
Dog domestication is a complicated evolutionary and cultural process that leads to a symbiotic relationship with humans.
Objects always fall perpendicularly to the ground. Can primates use this information to locate food?
Dogs respond differently to intentional and unintentional actions.
Many people would answer the question of what makes us human by insisting that we are cultural beings.
Animals are often forced to decide whether they prefer something immediately or are willing to wait for something better.
Cooperation is not limited to the human species; many animal species are capable of working together towards a common goal.
We are ready to accept animal supremacy in anatomical features or physical performances, but we have problems imagining that animals could outperform us in cognitive abilities.
If I want to surprise people when talking about cognitive abilities in the animal kingdom, I tell them about the counting chicken.
People can predict dog behavior fairly well—but dog ownership alone does not improve the ability to do so.
A children's song called "Sharing is Fun" suggests that humans all enjoy things better when we share them. Animals may not see things the same way, research finds.
Humans often believe our dogs feel guilt, jealousy, and a range of other emotions—but are we just projecting?
Are humans the only teachers in the animal kingdom?
Turn-taking is not at all uniquely human; it is widespread in the animal kingdom. But sometimes it seems that humans may be losing this ability.
We might be the only species concerned when something bad happens to someone else. This might result in seeking a guilty party for every unpleasant situation.
For weeks now, I have been regularly checking numbers. But what do they really mean? And would a chimpanzee understand them?
For those who are healthy and waiting at home for the situation with COVID-19 to improve, one big frustration – at least for me – is the impossibility of making plans.
Animals not only behave according to reflexes, but they can "think"—they understand a lot about their environment. But of course, it depends on how we define "thinking."
Juliane Bräuer, Ph.D., is the head of the DogStudies Lab at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, where she studies the cognitive aspects of dog domestication.