In this collaborative project involving scientists from NZ and Australia, we are using a combination of behavioural, electrophysiological, psychophysical and modelling tools to determine how it is that jumping spiders, whose eyes are only a few hundred microns wide, are able to see with a resolution not dissimilar to our own. Given that they can, how can they process this tremendous amount of information with a brain that makes the head of a pin look large? How are they using these “data” to make decisions?
Animal communication plays a fundamental role in the study of animal cognition, yet, despite evidence that the kea has cognitive abilities rivalling that of primates, this relationship remains unexplored in what is arguably the world’s most charismatic bird.
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