Compare Brain and Body Sizes
The Neuron- Up Close and Personal
(image thanks to soton.ac.uk/~jrc3/chudler/brainsize.html)
Why do we care about all this comparative neuroanatomy?
Many people are interested in the relationship between body size and brain size. One may expect larger animals to have larger brains, but we want to know more about the relationship for two main reasons:
There are multiple methods for studying the brain and its relationship to behavioral complexity (hey-- what is the difference between intelligence and behavioral complexity???). Let's take an indepth look at these methods, which include:
First, though, have you thought about what intelligence is anyway? How do scientists talk about it? Go here for a discussion of the relevence of intelligence or click on a button below . . .