Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Scarf, Damian; Hayne, Harlene; Colombo, Michael
Year of Publication: 2011
Date Published: 2011 Dec 23
Publication Language: eng
Keywords: Animals, Biological Evolution, Cognition, Columbidae, Discrimination (Psychology), Macaca mulatta, Mathematical Concepts, Reaction Time
Although many animals are able to discriminate stimuli differing in numerosity, only primates are thought to share our ability to employ abstract numerical rules. Here, we show that this ability is present in pigeons and that their performance is indistinguishable from that displayed by monkeys.
Alternate Journal: Science