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Ravens attribute visual access to unseen competitors

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, February 2016
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Mentioned by

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55 news outlets
blogs
13 blogs
twitter
266 tweeters
facebook
20 Facebook pages
wikipedia
3 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
30 Google+ users
reddit
3 Redditors

Citations

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44 Dimensions

Readers on

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207 Mendeley
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1 CiteULike
Title
Ravens attribute visual access to unseen competitors
Published in
Nature Communications, February 2016
DOI 10.1038/ncomms10506
Pubmed ID
Authors

Thomas Bugnyar, Stephan A. Reber, Cameron Buckner

Abstract

Recent studies purported to demonstrate that chimpanzees, monkeys and corvids possess a basic Theory of Mind, the ability to attribute mental states like seeing to others. However, these studies remain controversial because they share a common confound: the conspecific's line of gaze, which could serve as an associative cue. Here, we show that ravens Corvus corax take into account the visual access of others, even when they cannot see a conspecific. Specifically, we find that ravens guard their caches against discovery in response to the sounds of conspecifics when a peephole is open but not when it is closed. Our results suggest that ravens can generalize from their own perceptual experience to infer the possibility of being seen. These findings confirm and unite previous work, providing strong evidence that ravens are more than mere behaviour-readers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 3 1%
United States 3 1%
Canada 2 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Hungary 1 <1%
Romania 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 192 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 56 27%
Student > Bachelor 36 17%
Researcher 33 16%
Student > Master 29 14%
Unspecified 16 8%
Other 36 17%
Unknown 1 <1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 73 35%
Psychology 42 20%
Unspecified 27 13%
Environmental Science 12 6%
Neuroscience 11 5%
Other 41 20%
Unknown 1 <1%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 724. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 October 2019.
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#8,004
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Outputs from Nature Communications
#144
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Outputs of similar age
#276
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Outputs of similar age from Nature Communications
#1
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