Scientists have demonstrated a while ago that bird-brained pigeons were actually able to understand certain concepts like time and space long before great minds like Albert Einstein were born. However, in order to do this, those birds reportedly use a different part of the brain than humans do to grasp those concepts. A large number of experiments have been conducted on pigeons to reveal the mystery behind their thinking. During one of those, they were shown a horizontal line on a computer screen. Then, they needed to discover its length and the amount of time it was present on the screen.
The birds proved once again that they were very smart. They realized that longer lines had longer lengths and were also present on the screen for longer times. So, the team of researchers conducting those experiments said that the birds actually use the same part of their brains to judge those concepts. They do not process them separately. This is the same theory that Einstein discovered, that space and time are not separate. This is how he came up with the impressive single space-time continuum. The journal Current Biology published these findings.
Pigeons are not bird-brained at all
According to professor Edward Wasserman, lead scientist for this series of experiments, the cognitive processes that birds have now seem to be very close to those humans and primates have. Also, it seems that the avian nervous systems are far more capable than we thought they were when we nick-named them “bird brains”.
It’s worth noting that humans perceive the notions of time and space using their parietal cortex. This is an area of the brain’s external layer, also called cerebral cortex. This area is also responsible for mental processes like decision-making and speech.
So, following these experiments, the researchers became sure that pigeons are actually very smart. They did well even when the tests got trickier.
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