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Getting their message across (series)
Complex communications by chickens

Dr K-lynn Smith, a behavioural biologist at Macquarie University and recent winner of the Voiceless Eureka award for Scientific Research that Contributes to Animal Protection (sponsored by the organisation, Voiceless), outlines her research, done jointly with Professor Chris Evans, into the behaviour of chickens, coming up with some stunning results.
Animal language

Many species have complex systems for warning others about important events in the environments - such as different types of call for different predator attack methods.
Complex reasoning without a neocortex

Not surprisingly, through evolution, different species may possess similar sorts of cognitive abilities that rely on quite different brain structures and communication paths.
A new side to the brain

Professor Lesley Rogers, from the University of New England, looks at the lateralization of the brain and its function
The cognitive chicken: higher mental processing in a humble brain

Professor Lesley Rogers, looks at research by Professors Giorgio Vallortigara and Lucia Regolin and colleagues that shows chicks display some higher cognitive abilities just days after hatching, that human infants will not achieve for months or even years.
Food for thought

Professor Lesley Rogers describes research that shows birds use complex cognitive strategies when it comes hiding, retrieving and choice of food stores, including cognitive maps and 'time trave' (planning ahead for possible future outcomes) - abilities thought to belong only to humans. 
Think again

What do three day old chicks make of the Necker cube? Professor Giorgio Vallortigara, from the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences of the University of Trento in Italy, explains an unusual use of impossible figures in understanding cognition.
Imprinting really does count

Professor Giorgio Vallortigara, from the Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences at Trento University in Italy, reflects on some of his early experiments into cognition in young chicks.
Music to their ears

Dr Cinzia Chiandetti, and colleague, Professor Giorgio Vallortigara at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences of Trento University in Italy, help us tune in to another amazing cognitive ability in young chicks, this time associated with music.
The thought that counts

Professor Giorgio Vallortigara explains new mind blowing research into how chicks map numbers in space. Professor Vallortigara and colleagues have investigated whether very young chicks have a spontaneous tendency to map numbers into space, something humans do naturally when they form mental number lines.
 

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