HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
UF researcher: Animals think in their own way, but unlike humans

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Does your dog know if you've had a bad day? Probably, but don't expect your cat to catch on.

Do chimpanzees understand why those who can't see them don't offer them treats?

Do vampire bats have the ability to show gratitude by returning a favor?

The answers depend on what is meant by "think," according to University of Florida psychology Professor Clive Wynne, who writes about these creature features and others in a new 244-page book, "Do Animals Think?" being published this month by Princeton University Press.

While animals can do many clever things and even reason, they don't have the ability to reflect on what they are doing, one important element of thinking, said Wynne, who has studied animal behavior for 20 years in a variety of species ranging from pigeons to marsupials.

"Animals can learn, but whether learning always implies thinking is the question," he said. "Perhaps the take-home message is that each species thinks in its own way, a way that is adapted to the world it lives in."

Wynne said he decided to write the book after noticing that a number of "facts" about animals presented on popular television shows didn't stand up to closer inspection. Based on a careful study of publications in the field, he debunks some common myths, such as that chimpanzees understand language and dolphins use a sophisticated language based on their underwater vocalizations.

"This book takes a critical, iconoclastic and witty look at the claims for intelligence and language in other species, often made by sincere-if-fluffy and sometimes just self-promoting scientists," said Jonathan Marks, a molecular anthropologist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and author of the book "What it Means to be 98 percent Chimpanzee: Apes, People and their Genes." He said, "I had more fun reading this book than I have had from any other book in a long time."

The book also criticizes animal enthus
'"/>

Contact: Clive Wynne
wynne@ufl.edu
352-392-0601
University of Florida
13-Apr-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. UF researcher: New low-carb potato to debut in January
2. UF researcher: antioxidants play a role in deadly malnutrition disease
3. UF researcher: gene therapy effective in animal studies of Parkinsons disease
4. Animals can be induced to cooperate if partners reciprocate and benefits accumulate
5. Animals regulate their numbers by own population density
6. No Link To CJD In People Working With Animals....At Least Not Yet
7. Invading Pests Harm People, Plants And Animals
8. Botanical Products Act Like Estrogen In Animals, Finds University Of Pittsburgh Team
9. Animals Behavior Can Hasten Their Extinction
10. Growth Factors Improve Muscle Healing In Animals
11. Skeletal Muscle Yields Precursors Of Bone Cells That Form Bone When Transplanted Into Animals

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: researcher Animals think their own way but unlike humans

(Date:4/1/2015)... 2015   Medisafe ™, the leading global medication ... iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, ... the platform to allow patients to track and correlate ... time, patients will be able to visualize in real-time ... biometrics, such as glucose levels and blood pressure. ...
(Date:3/30/2015)... , Mar. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ... of the "Global Gesture Recognition Market in Automotive ... The analysts forecast the Global Gesture Recognition market in ... over the period 2013-2018. Gesture recognition is ... to different gestures of an individual. Gesture recognition technology ...
(Date:3/24/2015)... Mar. 24, 2015 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kvdtcw/face_and_voice ... Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. ... Voice Biometrics in US$ Thousands by the following Segments: Face Biometrics, ... US, Canada , Japan , ... Middle East & Africa , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Medisafe Announces Launch of Biometric Integration, Enabling Patients to Stay Adherent to Their Meds and See Tangible Health Results 2Global Gesture Recognition Market in Automotive Sector Report 2015 - Growing Number of Partnerships 2Face and Voice Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: Face Recognition Gains Prominence in Immigration Control 2Face and Voice Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: Face Recognition Gains Prominence in Immigration Control 3Face and Voice Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: Face Recognition Gains Prominence in Immigration Control 4Face and Voice Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: Face Recognition Gains Prominence in Immigration Control 5Face and Voice Biometrics - Global Strategic Business Report 2015: Face Recognition Gains Prominence in Immigration Control 6
(Date:4/21/2015)... 21, 2015 Progyny, Inc., the new ... announced that it has secured additional capital from investors ... SR One and Merck Serono Ventures. The funding will ... the best fertility outcomes by aligning science, technology, clinics ... marketplace for families seeking fertility solutions and we are ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... 2015 Stent retriever thrombectomy, an endovascular ... the brain reduced disability after stroke, according to ... President of the Society of Vascular and Interventional ... giant step forward that will change the way ... said Jovin, who is associate professor of Neurology ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... PointCross Life Sciences today announced a strategic ... Big Data and globally accessible environment for genomic interpretation ... of clinical trials and nonclinical studies. This platform will ... stratified patient selection and ex post analysis ... Highlighting the timing of this partnership, Dr. ...
(Date:4/20/2015)... 2015 Sinovac Biotech Ltd. (Nasdaq: SVA), a ... its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and ... Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights(Compared to the fourth quarter 2013) ... decrease of 11.4% from $22.9 million in the prior ... H5N1 pandemic influenza vaccine of $0.1 million in the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Announcing Progyny: Combining Best-in-Class Clinical Solutions with Consumer Expertise 2SVIN President Tudor Jovin, MD, Co-Leads Groundbreaking Stroke Study In The New England Journal Of Medicine 2SVIN President Tudor Jovin, MD, Co-Leads Groundbreaking Stroke Study In The New England Journal Of Medicine 3PointCross Life Sciences and InterpretOmics partner for Clinical and Genomic Biomarker Management for Drug Development 2Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 2Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 3Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 4Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 5Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 6Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 7Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 8Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 9Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 10Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 11Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 12Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 13Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 14Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 15Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 16Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 17Sinovac Reports Unaudited Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results 18
Cached News: