The Reading / Listening - Cats - Level 5

People usually think dogs are more intelligent than cats. This notion has been questioned by scientists in Japan. They said that cats are as smart as dogs at certain memory tests. Cat lovers have always known this. Researchers at Kyoto University conducted tests on how well 49 cats could recall or relate to a past event. This is called episodic memory. The team got the cats to eat from one of two bowls. Fifteen minutes later, the cats were tested on their memory of which bowl they had eaten from. The team found the cats could recall what they ate and where.



The scientists said that cats were as good as dogs on different mental tests, including responding to the gestures and facial expressions of humans. A researcher speculated that cats think about past events similar to the way humans do. She said: "They may enjoy actively recalling memories of their experience, like humans." She added that: "Episodic memory is viewed as being related to an introspective function of the mind. Our study may imply a type of consciousness in cats….Understanding cats more deeply helps to establish better cat-human relationships."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cats - Level 4 or  Cats - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38665057
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/25/cats-dogs-equally-intelligent-new-research/
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/miaow-it-turns-out-that-dogs-arent-smarter-than-cats-after-all-122140191.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. This notion has been
  2. as smart as dogs at certain
  3. Cat
  4. how well 49 cats could recall or
  5. This is called episodic
  6. the cats were tested
  7. which bowl they had
  8. cats could recall what they
  1. on their memory
  2. lovers
  3. ate and where
  4. memory tests
  5. relate to a past event
  6. eaten from
  7. questioned by scientists
  8. memory

Paragraph 2

  1. responding to the
  2. facial
  3. similar to the way
  4. memories of their
  5. an introspective function
  6. a type of
  7. Understanding cats more
  8. establish better cat-
  1. deeply
  2. experience
  3. human relationships
  4. expressions
  5. humans do
  6. gestures
  7. of the mind
  8. consciousness

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People usually (1) ___________________ more intelligent than cats. This notion has been questioned by scientists in Japan. They said that cats are as smart as dogs (2) ___________________ tests. Cat lovers have always known this. Researchers at Kyoto University conducted (3) ___________________ well 49 cats could recall or relate to a past event. This is called episodic memory. The team got the (4) ___________________ one of two bowls. Fifteen minutes later, the cats (5) ___________________ their memory which bowl they had eaten from. The team found the cats could (6) ___________________ ate and where.

The scientists said that cats were as good as dogs (7) __________________ tests, including responding to (8) ___________________ facial expressions of humans. A researcher speculated that cats (9) ___________________ events similar to the way humans do. She said: "They may enjoy actively recalling (10) ___________________ experience, like humans." She added that: "Episodic memory (11) ___________________ being related to an introspective function of the mind. Our study may imply a type of consciousness in cats….Understanding cats (12) ___________________ to establish better cat-human relationships."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peopleusuallythinkdogsaremoreintelligentthancats.Thisnotionhasb
eenquestionedbyscientistsinJapan.Theysaidthatcatsareassmartasd
ogsatcertainmemorytests.Catlovershavealwaysknownthis.Researc
hersatKyotoUniversityconductedtestsonhowwell49catscouldrecallo
rrelatetoapastevent.Thisiscalledepisodicmemory.Theteamgottheca
tstoeatfromoneoftwobowls.Fifteenminuteslater,thecatsweretested
ontheirmemorywhichbowltheyhadeatenfrom.Theteamfoundthecat
scouldrecallwhattheyateandwhere.Thescientistssaidthatcatswerea
sgoodasdogsondifferentmentaltests,includingrespondingtothegest
uresandfacialexpressionsofhumans.Aresearcherspeculatedthatcats
thinkaboutpasteventssimilartothewayhumansdo.Shesaid:"Theyma
yenjoyactivelyrecallingmemoriesoftheirexperience,likehumans."Sh
eaddedthat:"Episodicmemoryisviewedasbeingrelatedtoanintrospec
tivefunctionofthemind.Ourstudymayimplyatypeofconsciousnessinc
ats….Understandingcatsmoredeeplyhelpstoestablishbettercat-hu
manrelationships."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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