Social complexity and transitive inference in corvids

  title={Social complexity and transitive inference in corvids},
  author={Alan B. Bond and Alan C. Kamil and Russell P. Balda},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
The social complexity hypothesis asserts that animals living in large social groups should display enhanced cognitive abilities along predictable dimensions. To test this concept, we compared highly social pinyon jays, Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus, with relatively nonsocial western scrub-jays, Aphelocoma californica, on two complex cognitive tasks relevant to the ability to track and assess social relationships. Pinyon jays learned to track multiple dyadic relationships more rapidly and more… 

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