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Can animals develop mental disorders that are unique or similar to our own?

In the case of animals it is not common to refer to mental disorders, there is more commonly talked about behavior problems, (it is not specified in the question what kind of animals) although in ...
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John Calhoun's Mouse Utopia and Genetic Diversity

Quick (short answer) No, Calhoon did not account for genetic diversity in his experiments outlined in your question. Full answer Reading the article you mentioned, Calhoun (1962) started with wild ...
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What, other than humans, can possess an IQ?

Short answer IQ tests are designed to compare individuals within a given species. IQ tests for other animals than humans have been devised, however, and give insights in the distribution of smartness ...
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What do chimpanzees do with fire in the wild, and can they be trained to manipulate burning objects?

Primatologist Jill Pruetz at Iowa State University in Ames was observing savanna chimpanzees in Senegal and found that chimps there have mastered the first step in controlling fire. However there is ...
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Do my cats really know I exist?

Although there is a robust science of animal behavior, it's very difficult to determine what kinds of experiences or thoughts animals are having. In short, we can only observe their behavior. ...
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Which study proved that macaques were superior to humans in recalling in which some items appeared?

The 2011 article Working memory of numerals in chimpanzees by Sana Inoue and Tetsuro Matsuzawa is only 2 pages long but describes an experiment proving that chimpanzee memory may indeed be superior to ...
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Curt Richter's rat hope experiment: Why did the first nine rats survive for days?

For more information on the experiment, there is Swamy (2020): The conclusion drawn was that since the rats BELIEVED that they would eventually be rescued, they could push their bodies way past what ...
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Does my cat ever "want" something or its behavior is mostly reactive?

I was cited in the above article and have recently argued that "reactive" nervous systems probably don't even exist, but that the impression arises from a bias inherent in many laboratory ...
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How to differentiate attentiveness, arousal and memory via gamma oscillations

You'd need to "shut down arousal" to give a causal dissociation of arousal and memory reactivation, right? E.g. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3174240/ Then you'd need to define what ...
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How to use EEG on dogs?

After a quick google search I (surprisingly) found that it already has an application: the No More Woof headset. I believe the most important part is that you have a headset that fits and does not ...
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Does dopamine signal become stronger when goal distance is defined using time?

Hamid et al. Mesolimbic dopamine signals the value of work. Nature Neuroscience 2016. http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v19/n1/full/nn.4173.html Here is a paper that argues that dopamine signals ...
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Can't we teach other intelligent animals "complex" languages?

Many researchers into animal language have presented results of studies as evidence of linguistic abilities in animals. Many of their conclusions have been disputed (Jannedy, Poletto, & Weldon, ...
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Do animals look for new ways to keep themselves motivated?

I’m not an expert on this subject but, if we take the term of prediction errors and apply it to the animals (at least most of them) that may make sense. The key element is probably "foraging"...
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Why do larger animals need bigger brains?

Brain size isn't necessarily a determinant of intelligence. That notion was a assumption of neuroscientists of the past, a speculation that lead to many problematic socio-psychological projections. ...
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Do animals know about choices?

What (with proper null and experimental method) do you mean by "heuristic"? What (with proper null and experimental method) do you mean by "instinct"? What (with proper null and experimental method) ...
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Could human decision making have evolved from food finding?

Q: Could human decision making have evolved from food finding? A: The answer is yes, it probably could. But the more probable answer is that decision making in humans and other animals has evolved to ...
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Could human decision making have evolved from food finding?

C. elegans is the simplest model organism whose nervous system has been studied extensively. C. elegans certainly makes decisions; I would feel pretty confident in saying that decision making is an ...
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How to stain for orexin neurons in mice?

Let's work backwards. I don't currently have access to means to use transgenic orexin knockout mice as are mentioned in the article by Tsujino & Sakurai (though if anyone's used them before I'd ...
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