Monday, November 28, 2011
The Science Behind: Raccoon Intelligence
Raccoons, one of the only animals that would flourish in the expansion of humans instead of recede.They tend to feed off of human trash, they also can pick just about any lock in order to get to food. They even know how to avoid traps that farmers use to keep them away from crops. There is even studies done in 1907 by psychologist Lawrence W. Cole to demonstrate how raccoons can escape from a crate by using a series of latches, and be able to maintain that memory to unlatch the crate more quickly the second time around.
Many people attacked his work and accused him of "anthropomorphism", or adding humanistic traits to animals. But Cole has done much research regarding animal intelligence, and even the APA says "perhaps it is time to reconsider the raccoon’s exclusion from the discipline of psychology." The raccoon is known to have the intelligence "similar to a monkey", and even Remocoon.com shows how a raccoon can open various different locks, latches, and wires to get to food.
So does the raccoon thrive on mere instinct, or is it able to intelligently map out it's situation to find a way to live in it? According to the evidence, the raccoon seems to have a lot of intelligence. Not nearly as much as a human, but more than many other animals. We should do more research more on animal intelligence, especially the intelligence of the raccoon.