animal cognition

Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs?

Are Wolves Better Problem Solvers Than Dogs?

From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won’t make a noise until it’s shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs…

Horses Can Use Symbols To Communicate Their Desires

Horses Can Use Symbols To Communicate Their Desires

By using a message board with three icons, scientists have shown that horses can use symbolic language to convey their preferences. They now join an elite group of animals that exhibit communications once thought exclusive to humans. Others in the group include primates, dolphins and pigeons.