A newly-developed IQ test for dogs could decipher the link between intelligence and health. Dogs intelligence work the same way as human intelligence. Clever canines who perform well in one task also tend to do well in others- just like humans. Studies have shown that intelligent people tend to live longer, so the scientists believe, if they can prove the same in dogs, they can use them to study about dementia. Dr Rosalind Arden, a research associate at the London School of Economics, which carried out the study with Edinburgh University, said, "The discovery could have far-reaching implications for understanding human health and disease and canine health and disease." ‘Dogs that performed well on one test tended to be better at the other tests. Researchers also found that when dogs completed a test faster, they were likely to do it more accurately.’ "We asked the question, if a dog is good at one test does it tend to be better than average at the other test? And we found that yes that's true," she added. "This is the first step in trying to develop a really snappy, reliable dog IQ test, and that has got implications that aren't obvious at first." The scientists created a proto-type dog 'IQ test' which they used to assess the intelligence of 68 working border collies. These tests included: navigation, tested by timing how long it took the dogs to get food that was behind different types of barriers; assessing whether they could tell the difference between quantities of food and; their ability to follow a human pointing gesture to an object.The researchers found that dogs that did well on one test tended to be above average in the other tests. Furthermore, dogs that did tests faster were likely to do them more accurately.It can be difficult to investigate whether or not intelligent people tend to live longer because of the lifestyle choices, like smoking, eating, drinking and exercising, have a major impact on our health.Dogs offer a good insight because they are "basically teetotal", Dr Arden said. "Dogs are very reliable on that front; they don't touch pipes, don't touch cigars, don't kid around with recreational drugs - lots of things that muck up our findings in human reports can be very much better studied in non-human animals", she said.The study is published in the journal Intelligence. Source: Medindia << Life-Saving Drug Prices To Rise Due To Withdrawal Of Customs... Public Health Experts Welcome India's Tobacco Control Pledge >> Recommended Reading IQ Tests: Measure of Motivation Intelligence tests are as a measure of motivation, revealed in a study conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers. READ MORE Can You Really Measure Your Intelligence With an IQ Test? A study conducted on more than 1, 00,000 people found there are at least three separate components of brainpower it is foolish to give a cohesive score for all of them. READ MORE Negative Effect of Common Chemical in Mothers on IQ of Unborn Children Abnormally high levels of a common and pervasive chemical, perchlorate, in some women may lead to adverse effects in their child. READ MORE Health Insurance - India Health insurance has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in the non-life insurance industry with 30% growth in 2010-11 with annual premium collections being over Rs 6,000 crores. READ MORE Intellectual disability Intellectual disability is a developmental delay that is significantly below average compared to peers, in terms of intelligence and adaptive skills. READ MORE Multitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain? Is multitasking good when your brain frantically switches between tasks or does it slow down the brain processes causing changes in brain structure? Learn what happens to the brain when you multitask. READ MORE Testicle Pain - Symptom Evaluation A sudden, severe pain in the testis may be due to testicular torsion. Testicles inside the scrotum are very sensitive organs. READ MORE Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a psychological measure of human intelligence. Regular physical and mental exercise, social networking are ways to increase IQ. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Blood Donation - Recipients Drug Interaction Checker More News on: VaricoceleTesticle Pain - Symptom EvaluationIntellectual disabilityHealth Insurance - IndiaWays to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ)Multitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain?