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Comparative Psychology

Comparative psychology looks how animals and humans differ in the way they behave and react to the world. This can lead to some very surprising results - many animals are much smarter than you might think! Animals have evolved to navigate the world effectively, and to do this, different skills and areas of intelligence are important, depending on where and how you live. Animals that live in large social groups, for example, tend to have good memories, and be able to solve complicated problems, as these skills are needed to keep track of who is who, and who you should watch out for! Other animals, such as Corvids (birds in the same family as Crows and Jays) have evolved to be highly intelligent in order to gain food, and hide it from rivals.

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