Does 'Relationship Intelligence' Make Big Brains in Birds?
Isabella B.R. Scheiber*, Brigitte M. Weiβ, Katharina Hirschenhauser, Claudia A.F. Wascher, Iulia T. Nedelcu, Kurt Kotrschal
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 6
Last Page: 8
Publisher Id: TOBIOJ-1-6
Article History:Received Date: 19/10/2007
Revision Received Date: 07/11/2007
Acceptance Date: 14/11/2007
Electronic publication date: 27/02/2008
Collection year: 2008
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Lately, Emery et al. developed a bird-specific modification of the “social brain hypothesis”, termed “relationship intelligence hypothesis”. Although the idea may be valuable, we doubt that it is supported by sufficient evidence and critically discuss some of the arguments raised by the authors in favour of their new idea.