Cats have 10-minute short term memory
August 22, 2007
The study, published Monday in the journal Current Biology, was based on a simple experiment to measure memory.
University of Alberta physiologists David A. McVea and Keir G. Pearson placed an obstacle in the path of a feline. After the cat cleared the obstacle with its forelegs its progress was blocked by the researchers using food and objects as distractions. The researchers then recorded the amount of time the cat remembered stepping over the obstacle.
The researchers said the results are surprising "since short-term memories about objects usually fade away in under a minute," according to CBC News.
McVea and Pearson plan to use similar experiments to measure memory in humans and animals.