The extent to which similar properties present themselves might be simply a matter of scale: how many neurons are available to work.”.
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While the crows were solving these tasks, the researchers were tracking the activity of hundreds of their neurons.
During the delay, many neurons responded according to the crows’ impending report, rather than to the brightness of the light.
“Besides crows, this kind of neurobiological evidence for sensory consciousness only exists in humans and macaque monkeys.”.
Neurons “represent what the animals next report to have seen — whether or not that is what they were shown,” she said.
But theirs do have “connectivity patterns … reminiscent of the neocortex,” scientists led by Martin Stacho of Ruhr-University in Germany reported. »