The content of a recent publication by Rachel Morrison (Psychology) was selected for a New York Times video and article. Morrison and her co-author Diana Reiss (Hunter College, City University of New York) research self-awareness in dolphins. Studying juvenile bottlenosed dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore over a three year period, the researchers assessed how the dolphins interacted with their reflections in a mirror. Their work demonstrates that dolphins can recognize themselves in mirrors at earlier ages than human children or chimpanzees.
“Precocious development of self-awareness in dolphins” was published in the January issue of PLOS One. James Gorman of the New York Times produced a ScienceTake video “Dolphins Mug for the Camera in Awareness Test” and a related New York Times article “Dolphins Show Self-Recognition Earlier than Children” based upon their research.
Health Day: News for Healthier Living also covered their findings.