Although pigeons have the brain of a bird, ironically, they are not exactly “bird-brained.” A recent research discovers that pigeons can multitask as fast as humans, and even faster in some situations, as reported by Science Daily. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, finds that pigeons are great in multitasking because their tiny brains are densely packed with neurons, which let them shift processes more rapidly.
The biopsychologists from the Ruhr-University in Germany carried out same behavioral tests on both humans and birds. Fifteen humans and 12 pigeons were asked to accomplish two different multitasking exercises. In the first task, the study subjects had to halt a current task and then shift to another task as abruptly as possible. On the other hand, during the second exercise, the study subjects had to pause for 300 milliseconds between the first and second task.by