The Social Cognition of Your Thanksgiving Dinner


Even still, we tend to think of the turkey as a fairly unintelligent bird, skilled at little more than waddling around, emitting the occasional "gobble," and frying up golden-brown-and-delicious. But...what if I told you that the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) could actually be quite clever, at least when it comes to social cognition? Apocryphal or not, Ben Franklin may have been on to something with the "Bird of Courage."

Head on over to Scientific American to catch my latest contribution to their Guest Blog: Turkey talk: The social cognition of your Thanksgiving dinner

Buchwalder, T. (2003). A brief report on aggressive interactions within and between groups of domestic turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 84 (1), 75-80 DOI: 10.1016/S0168-1591(03)00149-7

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