Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

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Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

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Re: Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

Postby V-Raptor » Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:24 pm

This is really neat. Also potentially horrifying in the future, but, you know, still neat. I knew birds could be pretty smart but it's especially interesting to see how city-dwelling species adapt to their environment. Surely there's some sort of selective pressure (light as it may be) to being able to recognize certain structures e.g. what buildings you can find food around ("café"), or am I stretching this a bit?
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Re: Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

Postby Kovu » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:33 pm

I think it has more to do with the fact that our language isn't as unique as previously believed.

Other studies have shown that certain birds actually even rearrange sounds to create new meanings, and a recent one on tits uncovered that they speak in phrases:

https://www.terrasco.net/index.php?m=read&y=2015&msg=91
https://www.terrasco.net/index.php?m=read&y=2016&msg=15
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Re: Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

Postby V-Raptor » Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:27 pm

Hmm, very interesting, I was not aware of that. I wonder if that would correlate with visual pattern recognition.
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Re: Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

Postby Kovu » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:55 pm

Animals, and especially birds, often communicate by visual inputs. Of course that doesn't mean they'd actually have an understanding for our written language, but visual inputs are just as important for their own communication. That combined with their capability to recognize and interpret patterns (which was previously observed in their language) makes it at least plausible...
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Re: Orthographic Processing Discovered in Pigeons

Postby V-Raptor » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:46 pm

Hm, I guess that does suggest they have the tools, to some extent.

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