It seemed so cut and dried when last year,researchers at Vanderbilt University declared thatyes,dogs were,in fact,smarter than cats. Their findings,published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy,concluded that canines had significantly more cortical neurons in the brain than felines.
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How smart are dogs compared to other animals?
Based on the number of neurons found, they speculated that dogs have roughly the same intelligence as raccoons and lions, while domestic cats have comparable intelligence to bears. For comparison, humans have by far the highest number of neurons in our cerebral cortexes鈥攁s many as 16 billion per person.
Why are dogs more intelligent than cats?
Because the brain relies on neurons to process information, the more neurons an animal has in its cerebral cortex, the more information it can process, and the richer its mental capabilities likely are. This means that dogs have the potential for more complex and flexible behavior than cats.
Do dogs have bigger brains than cats?
Results showed that the dogs, having larger brains to begin with, had more than twice as many neurons in their cerebral cortex as the domestic cat, with around 530 million cortical neurons to the cat鈥檚 250 million. (For comparison, there are billions of neurons in the human brain.)
Are bears smarter than cats?
Neuroscientists long suggested that brain size might indicate more 鈥渂raininess.鈥?Read: the bigger the brain, the smarter the animal. But Herculano-Houzel鈥檚 team found that bears had the same number of neurons in their cortex as cats. Another surprise in their research came from raccoons, those clever masked bandits.