A research performed by a professor from the Vanderbilt University tallied the number of cortical neurons present in the brains of dogs and cats and discovered that dogs own about a double amount of these cortical neurons as compared to cats.
Vanderbilt University researchers found that dogs possess 530 million neurons in the cerebral cortex, since cats have just half of the amount as they possess nearly 250 million neurons.
An associate professor of biological and psychology sciences at the Vanderbilt University, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, who developed the method used by team to count neurons, said that, “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.”
Obviously half of the readers will love and other half may hate the statement released by an international group of scientists saying that the research strongly propounds that dogs are brainier that cats.
The paper has been accepted for the publication this week in the Frontiers in Neuroanatomy journal, which highlights the findings as the brain of dog holds as many as more than twice cortical neurons present in cat’s brain, containing the cells that help in planning, thinking and complex behavior.
Suzana added that, “Neurons are the information-processing units in the brain, and the cerebral cortex is the part of the brain that can combine information from different sources and create new associations, recognize patterns, make decisions to act differently based on past experience and start making predictions for the future.”