Natures wonders: cats intrpret sound (Introduction)

by BBella @, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 17:34 (1147 days ago) @ David Turell
edited by BBella, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 17:43

Cats are great hunters and use sight and sound. In this study a rattled box was used and turned over to drop out the supposed contents:

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-016-1001-6

The prediction was supported by the cats' behavior during the turning-over phase. The results suggest that cats used a causal-logical understanding of auditory stimuli to predict the appearance of invisible objects. The ecology of cats' natural hunting style may favor the ability for inference on the basis of sounds.

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Ah...so, does this solve the mystery of why every cat I've ever had, even when born in my home, comes running and meows when the can opener is used, even though I've never used canned cat food, only dry? The sound in-furs to the cat there's possibly food to be shared? This study fits neatly with another study I read how cat's and humans experience emotion from the same part of their brains. Obviously, we should be able to understand cat's affection for food. After all, I have to admit, when the can opener is used by someone else besides me, I have to run find out what's being opened as well.lol


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