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Competence requires self-motivated exploratory behavior and information seeking
2024-05-28

The distinction between extrinsic and intrinsic rewards and their related motivations (exploitation and exploration, respectively) has been a major concern in educational psychology for decades.

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Farewell to Gesa
2024-05-14

Gesa Berretz was a cornerstone of the lab and an iconic image with her colorful hairs, her Halloween outfits, and her witty charm. But at the same time, Gesa is an incredibly successful young scientist with close to 20 papers in top international journals that collect heaps of citations. Now she received a DFG grant to join the lab of Bernhard Englitz as a postdoc at Donders (Radboud University, Netherlands).

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Why Birds are Smart
2024-03-16

Many cognitive neuroscientists believe that both a large brain and an isocortex are crucial for complex cognition. Yet corvids and parrots possess non-cortical brains of just 1–25 g, and these birds exhibit cognitive abilities comparable with chimpanzees, which have brains of about 400 g.

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Constrained spherical deconvolution on diffusion-weighted images of dolphin brains
2024-03-16

Invasive neuronal tract tracing is prohibited in very large or endangered animals, particularly marine mammals like dolphins. Scientists from Germany and Italy propose diffusion-weighted imaging as a feasible alternative, even in brains fixed in formalin for extended periods.

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The Pigeon as a Model of Complex Visual Processing and Category Learning
2024-03-15

Pigeons can categorize innumerable naturalistic and artificial visual stimuli they encounter. Computational models suggest that elementary associative learning lies at the root of the pigeon’s category learning and generalization.

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How is Intelligence Linked to the Brain’s Global Functional Network?
2024-03-15

How is intelligence related to the dynamic interaction of billions of neurons in the human brain? A prominent hypothesis posits that general intelligence is related to the efficiency of the brain’s global functional network. But some publications question this link.

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Extinction Learning in the Semi-Wild
2024-03-15

When well-known food resources are running out, animals extinguish their foraging behavior in that food patch and increasingly work for reward-related information. This re-orientation serves to decrease outcome uncertainty of foraging.

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The second edition of the book
2024-03-11

Sebastian and Onur completely overhauled their book and included hundreds of new references, many new pictures and a completely new chapter on asymmetries and development.

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Robert Willma Receives the Students Science Award 2023
2024-01-11

It is a venerable tradition that each faculty of the Ruhr University selects one of its students for the science award of the year. This usually takes place in the Auditorium Maximum as part of a large year’s end celebration. On November 29, 2023, this award was given to Robert Willma.

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PhD Thesis Defense Doro Metzen
2024-01-11

On Friday, December 15, 2023, Doro successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "The neurogenetic basis of human intelligence - how network connectivity mediates the effect of polygenic scores on intelligence". Yes, it’s a long title. But it’s also a very complex topic that requires care, hard work and (of course) intelligence.

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