Are Dolphins Really Smart?: The mammal behind the myth by Justin Gregg

By Justin Gregg

How clever are dolphins? Is their conversation method relatively as complicated as human language? And are they as pleasant and peaceable as they're made out to be?

Justin Gregg weighs up the claims made approximately dolphin intelligence and separates medical truth from fiction. He provides the result of the newest examine in animal behaviour, and places our wisdom approximately them into standpoint with comparisons to clinical reports of alternative animals, specially the crow kinfolk and nice apes. He supplies attention-grabbing debts of the demanding situations of trying out what an animal with flippers and no facial expressions may perhaps really be considering. Gregg's evidence-based procedure creates a finished and updated learn of this attention-grabbing animal to be able to attract all these intrigued by means of dolphin behaviour.

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Brain Structure Aside from overall brain size, a number of structural properties of the dolphin brain have been suggested to be linked to intelligence and/or specific cognitive traits. An important lesson from the study of brain size is that, while brains do scale with the size of the body, they do not all scale up along the same lines. Different species with similarly sized brains might have very different looking brains from a neuroarchitectural standpoint, and it is the variation in these structures that many scientists argue make all the difference where cognition is concerned.

Instead of viewing this attitude as something problematic, I hope to inspire you to gleefully reject oversimplistic accounts of dolphin behavior and embrace the kind of ambiguity that drives dolphin scientists to engage in science in the first place. By providing as dispassionate and impartial an analysis of the current state of dolphin science as I possibly can, I hope to crack open the gaudy facade that shrouds our dolphin friends, and reveal a living, breathing, but deeply misunderstood mammal.

As the venerable Stephen Fry crooned in his narration of the 2011 BBC documentary Ocean Giants, “The latest research on whale and dolphins’ brains has revealed something quite unexpected. Like us, they have spindle cells. 71 In humans, VENs are concentrated in the anterior cingulate, anterior insular, and frontopolar cortices, regions of the brain known to be involved in emotional and social awareness,72, 73 and possibly the seat of complex social emotions like embarrassment and empathy. It is hypothesized that VENs help to quickly communicate 37 A R E DOL PHINS R E A L LY SM A RT?

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