Are You Smarter Than Your Dog?
Are You Smarter Than Your Dog?
Check out the optical illusion that researchers put before canines, finding that fido and master have opposite reactions.
Are You Smarter Than Your Dog?
Are You Smarter Than Your Dog?

Check out the optical illusion that researchers put before canines, finding that fido and master have opposite reactions.

Check out the optical illusion that researchers put before canines, finding that fido and master have opposite reactions.

cognitive science
A Dog’s View of Optical Illusions
A Dog’s View of Optical Illusions
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021
Researchers are using visual tricks to try to better understand canine perception.
Contributors
Contributors
Aggie Mika | Oct 1, 2017
Meet some of the people featured in the October 2017 issue of The Scientist.
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior
How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior
Amy Lewis | Sep 1, 2017
Researchers are piecing together the links between the gut microbiome and mental health.
Rats that Run Have Better Memory
Rats that Run Have Better Memory
Jef Akst | Aug 14, 2017
Male rodents given access to a running wheel early in life show increased neural activity and improved memory as adults.
The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct
The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct
Becca Cudmore | Jul 16, 2017
Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?
Mysterious Brain Waves May Connect REM Sleep with Visual Experiences
Mysterious Brain Waves May Connect REM Sleep with Visual Experiences
Phil Jaekl | Jul 16, 2017
New methods could propel investigation of neural “PGO” wave patterns that may underlie critical aspects of visual experience, dreaming, and even psychosis.
Human Cord Plasma Protein Boosts Cognitive Function in Older Mice
Human Cord Plasma Protein Boosts Cognitive Function in Older Mice
Abby Olena | Apr 19, 2017
A protein found in human umbilical cord plasma improves synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory in aged mice.
Understanding the Connection Between Synesthesia and Absolute Pitch
Understanding the Connection Between Synesthesia and Absolute Pitch
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2017
Researchers investigate the unusual association of musical sounds with tastes or colors through the lens of another perceptual quirk.
John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm
John Iversen Explores our Perception of Musical Rhythm
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Mar 1, 2017
At the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, the researcher studies the neurobiology of music perception.
Meeting BRAMS
Meeting BRAMS
The Scientist Staff | Feb 28, 2017
Visit the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research, located in Montreal, to see the research seeking to decipher humans’ relationship to music.
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
Slideshow: Nerdy Birdies
Slideshow: Nerdy Birdies
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2016
Meet the pigeons that are redefining what it means to behave like a human by displaying remarkable pattern recognition abilities.
Notable Science Quotes
Notable Science Quotes
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2016
Roger Tsien R.I.P., predatory publishing, and diversity in science
How Type 2 Diabetes Affects the Brain
How Type 2 Diabetes Affects the Brain
Mallory Locklear | Jul 20, 2016
The results of studies on humans and zebrafish suggest how hyperglycemia can cause cognitive deficits.
Study: Influence of Genetics on Mental Health Depends on Environment
Study: Influence of Genetics on Mental Health Depends on Environment
Tanya Lewis | Jul 20, 2016
The same genes can make people more sensitive to their experiences, “for better of for worse,” psychologists argue.
Book Excerpt from <em>Wondrous Truths</em>
Book Excerpt from Wondrous Truths
J.D. Trout | May 31, 2016
In Chapter 2 author J.D. Trout highlights the dividing line between truth and scientific “fact.”
To Each Animal Its Own Cognition
To Each Animal Its Own Cognition
Frans de Waal | May 1, 2016
The study of nonhuman intelligence is coming into its own as researchers realize the unique contexts in which distinct species learn and behave.
Book Excerpt from <em>Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?</em>
Book Excerpt from Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Frans de Waal | Apr 30, 2016
In the book's prologue, author Frans de Waal considers the intellectual impediments to studying animal intelligence.