Most intelligent birds are capable of complex reasoning and have a strong sense of self, a new research has revealed.
The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that the ability to reason and be able to communicate with your own brain is highly evolved in the birds.
“The ability to think and reason is something that we all have and it’s one of the most basic things that we are born with,” Dr Ian Watson, from the University of Exeter’s Department of Psychology and lead author of the study, told News.au.
“We’re not born with this ability to have complex reasoning, it’s part of our brains, it evolved through evolution.”
There are other animals that have this ability, like dolphins and whales, but we haven’t really been able to study it because we don’t have the same kind of training.
“The research also found that birds with high emotional intelligence also had the ability.”
Our research shows that the most intelligent birds in the world have a lot of emotional intelligence and this is not a result of some genetic trait.
“It’s actually due to the interactions that they have with other birds.”
Dr Watson said the study was the first to show how animals can communicate with their brains.
“One of the things that’s important to realise is that birds have brains, they have emotions, they are capable and they are intelligent,” he said.
“If you look at a bird with a high emotional IQ, that’s a sign that it’s thinking in a way that’s quite different to what a person is thinking.”
And we don, as a species, really understand that, so what we’re trying to do here is to understand how we can learn and develop a way to communicate to other birds with the same level of intelligence.
“The study was conducted by the University’s Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Topics:bird,human-interest,birds,science-and-technology,federal-government,birds-and‑animals,environment,science,psychology,environmental-policy,articulates,australiaFirst posted March 30, 2021 18:35:58Contact Tracey WigglesworthMore stories from New South Wales