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Economist Covers Emeritus Professor’s New Research on the Minds of Birds

Professor Emeritus Bernd Heinrich and visiting scholar Thomas Bugnyar’s research on theory of mind in ravens is the subject of an article in The Economist. Humans are often considered to be the only species capable of advanced mental processes such as recognizing that other people have their own personal thoughts. Heinrich and Bugnyar have conducted experiments with ravens that have shown that the birds also possess theory of mind. Read the story…