Humans are not just the smartest animals on Earth, they’re also one of the smartest machines, according to a study published today in Nature Communications.
“These findings, combined with the remarkable speed and dexterity of the chimpanzee,” said lead author Mark J. Wiegand, a neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
The paper also shows that we can learn from our animal peers, and the findings could lead to better tools for robots, humans, and other intelligent machines.
This is an evolving field of study.
For example, in 2015, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, found that the brains of apes are much more complex than ours, and they’re able to learn from their animal counterparts in just a few years.
The next steps are to determine if these similarities extend to other apes and whether they could be used to understand how the human brain works, said Wiegad.
“The question is whether these skills can be generalized to the human mind,” he said.
“It’s also important to understand whether there’s a neural substrate underlying our brain function.”
For example: a) the human ability to learn and apply new knowledge b) the ability to adapt a new task c) the cognitive abilities of humans to solve problems in new contexts.
The team took a look at the brains and cognition of a population of four-year-old chimpanzees, including two of them born just a year apart.
They then used MRI scans to see how the brains functioned in response to the same set of stimuli.
They found that chimpanzees who were born two years apart had less gray matter in their hippocampus, which stores information about the past.
The researchers think that this is because they are not getting enough sleep, which makes the brain more active.
“When we look at our children, they have more grey matter in the hippocampus than they have when we look back at them,” Wiegend said.
That is, when we compare them to our own children, we see a marked difference in their brains.
When the researchers took this comparison, they also noticed that the chimpanzees’ hippocampus also showed increased activity during a memory task.
“This suggests that our ability to process new information is related to our ability at least to recognize what is happening to our environment,” Wigand said.
The brain is an incredibly complex organ.
It uses a vast array of brain cells to process sensory input, which includes images, sounds, and tactile stimuli.
The more information that a brain can process, the more complex it becomes.
And there are plenty of other brain cells involved in the processing of this information.
For instance, the amygdala, the part of the brain that fires when you see an unpleasant or threatening stimulus, is also active when we’re angry.
“One of the big questions is how we can improve our ability and efficiency at processing this information,” Wieland said, “and whether the same goes for other aspects of our brain, like how our brain processes other types of information.”
“The ability to think creatively is one of our greatest assets,” said John A. Hodge, an associate professor of psychology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Hoke is also an author of a forthcoming book called “Brainpower and Intelligence: Exploring the Origins of Human Intelligence.”
Hodge is one who has been studying this issue for decades.
“I think it’s important to note that this study is not a definitive study,” Hodge said.
It’s only the first step in a larger research effort to understand the neural basis of our abilities and how they can be applied to other species.
“If we can understand how brain function works in other animals, that could lead us to ways to better understand how we might apply the same mechanisms to ourselves,” Hike said.
If the team can show that similar brain mechanisms apply to humans, it would provide insight into how our brains might be different from other animals.
“Our brain might have evolved as a highly evolved form of information processing,” Wiegand said of the human capacity for creative thinking.
“But then, the brain might be evolved as more of a resource, like a car to transport information.”
Wiegandan and his colleagues also found that a human’s capacity to understand language is significantly correlated with the number of neurons in the brain.
“There are many examples of people who are highly skilled in language, but they don’t understand it,” Wicke said.
Wiegen also found the ability of humans and other animals to learn, and learn to learn quickly, is not limited to language.
“They have a very good ability to use this to their advantage,” he added.
“For example, they use this ability to get food, and it’s very useful in the marketplace, so they get a lot of food.”
“If this knowledge can be transferred to other animals then we could get to the future, where humans can learn to use language to solve a problem,