A scientific paper out today shows that ducklings might be smarter than you thought.
In this experiment, the researchers imprinted the ducklings on a pair of objects that were either the same or different.
The similarities and differences were either in colour or shape – for example, two red spheres (same), or a cube and a cuboid (different).
After they were imprinted, the ducklings were shown two new pairs of objects. Around two-thirds of the ducklings chose to follow the pair that had the same characteristic as the pair they'd imprinted on.
This ability – to recognise the concept of "same or different" – has been taught to other animals before, but only after "extensive reinforcement training", according to the paper's authors.
Which means this skill the ducklings "learned" is pretty damn impressive. Did you do better?
vote votesNo :(
vote votesI'm as smart as a duckling, which is ok by me