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Bay Area Bird Blog » Bird Brains
January
15th 2008
Bird Brains

Posted under entertainment & science

Birds can do some pretty amazing mental feats, especially considering how small their brains are.  A test that is used on some (human) IQ tests is to show a sketch of an object like a set of cubes joined together into an L or something, and then four other sketches, only one of which represents the same object rotated to a different angle.  The goal is to identify which object is a rotated version of the original object.  Fine.  OK, here’s the fun bit:  pigeons can be trained to do this about as accurately as college students…but the pigeons are faster. This is one of a surprisingly large set of mental feats at which some animals can outperform humans.  I think it would be fun to have a TV game show — maybe it would have to be a one-time special — in which a team of humans competes against a team of animals.  You’d have a pigeon versus a college student at the object-rotation task, and a 1-year-old human baby versus a 1-year-old chimp at some “Concentration”-like symbol-matching task, and so on.

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