Study suggests learning make animals intelligent

Washington: In a recent study, researchers at Stockholm University and Brooklyn College found that learning makes animals intelligent. In the study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers have combined knowledge from the fields of artificial intelligence, ethology and the psychology of learning to solve several problems concerning the behaviour and intelligence of animals. Animals are often very effective; an oystercatcher opens mussels quickly, a baboon takes every opportunity to steal food from tourists or a rat navigates with ease between the bins in a park. Previously these behaviours have been considered to be inherited instincts, even though it is well known that animals have great learning abilities. The team has now created an associative learning model that explains how effective behaviours can arise. This means that an…

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