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What Are Animals Thinking?

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 9:33am -- WCVE

Have you ever wondered what's going on inside an animal's head? How does an animal see the world — and us? Is your dog really feeling guilty when it gives you that famous “guilty look?” Do pigeon brains possess “superpowers” that allow them to find their way home across hundreds of unfamiliar miles? Is it possible that swarms of bees communicate in patterns similar to human brain cells?

David Pogue meets — and competes — with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes “us” different from “them,” expanding our understanding of how animals really think. NOVA scienceNOW also profiles Yale scientist Laurie Santos, who is studying a unique community of more than 900 rhesus macaques, who live in a community that is eerily similar to human society. Can Santos’ research reveal the evolutionary roots of the qualities that make us human?

Watch NOVA scienceNOW: What Are Animals Thinking? Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS