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Part of "Show Me Science" series. Are animals intelligent? Bees communicate with each other. Monkeys use rocks and sticks to help them get food. Is this instinctual or is it evidence of thought? Some scientists believe that one measure of intelligence is self-awareness, and that an animal's reaction to its own image in a mirror can tell us whether or not it is self-aware. Looks at fish, birds, monkeys, and primates and their reactions to themselves in a mirror. Researchers look for signs of self-recognition as they observe, record, and interpret the reactions of these animals. Includes suggestions for careers in this field of study.
An electric eel can generate enough current to stun its prey. Johns Hopkins University neuroethologist Eric Fortune traveled to Ecuador to study electric knifefish in their native habitat. Back at Johns Hopkins University, research collaborator mechanical engineer Noah Cowan and the rest of the team use Fortune's field data to help with their observations and experiments in the lab. With support from the National Science Foundation, they are studying the knifefish to learn more about how the brains of animals work to control their behavior.