Oxford University Study Finds Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats
November 23, 2010
(ChattahBox Science News)—A new study indicates that social interaction improves intelligence — and when it comes to pets, dogs are more social than cats, and are therefore smarter. That’s the word from an Oxford University study that charted the evolutionary history of several mammals over millions of years to determine why some animals had larger brains than others, the New York Post reports.
The study indicates that a relationship exists between the size of an animal’s brain in relation to the size of its body and its level of social interaction. Because dogs are more social animals, they have bigger brains relative to their body sizes, says the study, which was originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.