Sorry, Garfield: Study Finds Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats - NBC Bay Area
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Sorry, Garfield: Study Finds Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

The team counted neurons in the class of carnivorous mammals that dogs and cats belong to

    Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
    Country
    Total
    1
    Norway
    1111830
    2
    Germany
    117523
    3
    Canada
    85619
    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Are Dogs Smarter Than Cats?

    A new Vanderbilt University study may have found an answer to a question that’s caused heated debates amongst pet owners of all stripes. (Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

    Cat people, now might be a good time to go clean the litterbox — new research strongly suggests that dogs are smarter than cats, NBC News reported.

    Dog brains have more than twice as many cortical neurons, which are linked to planning, thinking and complex behavior, than cats do, according to a paper accepted for publication this week in the Frontiers in Neuroanatomy journal.

    "I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience," said Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a Vanderbilt University professor who developed the method the team used to count neurons in the class of carnivorous mammals that dogs and cats belong to.

    The research took physical brain size into account, weighing number of cortical neurons against brain size.