http://www.world-science.net/othernews/070308_rats.htm - Rats can reflect on their knowledge, study finds
Let’s say a college student enters a classroom to take a test. She probably already has an idea how she will do—knowledge available before she actually takes out a pencil. But do animals have the same ability to think about what they know or don’t know?
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A new study has found that laboratory rats do. It’s the first to show that any non-primate has this gift, and could lead to deeper studies on how animals and humans think, the investigators said.
“This kind of research may change how we think about cognition and memory in animals,” said one of the scientists, psychologist Jonathon Crystal of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. The findings appear in the current issue of the research journal Current Biology.
1. Anyone who has tried to catch rats knows they are smarter than they should be.
2. I love how unique god given human abilities keep getting pushed down into the "lower" animals.