The time was ripe for Marino’s review of chickens’ cognitive capacities. The research community, apart from expressing gratitude for Marino’s work, should now use it to increase public awareness of chickens’ abilities. People’s views on many animals are ill-informed. Scientists need to communicate and engage with the public about the relevance and societal implications of their findings.

Author Biography

Cinzia Chiandetti, assistant professor in Cognitive Neuroscience and Animal Cognition at the University of Trieste, Italy, and Head of the Laboratory of Animal Cognition, investigates the biological roots of musical preferences, the development of cerebral lateralization and habituation. Awarded the L'Oréal prize for Women in Science, she is active in disseminating the scientific achievements of the field to the broad public. sites.google.com/site/laboratoryanimalcognition/