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Archives for April, 2010

Extra, Extra

h/t to Dr. Isis for this awesome video. Did you miss my Psychology and Neuroscience Editor’s Selections at ResearchBlogging.org? Here you go again.

Yesterday, at our department’s end-of-the-year party, I was informed that I was one of two winners this year of the Outstanding Research Poster Award.

Elephants Say “Bee-ware!”

What information is contained in the call of a mammal? Some calls might reflect the internal emotional state of the animal, like fear or anxiety, or they can refer to an external object, agent, or event, like the presence of a predator. Rhesus monkeys, lemurs, baboons, and guinea pigs, for example, will produce calls when…

Say you’re visiting Los Angeles and you have a sudden craving for Chinese food. Since you are only visiting, you might not be aware that nothing is open past, like, 10pm (not even coffee houses), but you get in your rental car and go driving around in search of your Chinese feast anyway. You try…

Lots of great Psychology and Neuroscience blogging this week! Here’s are my ResearchBlogging Editor’s Selections for this week, covering some complex psychological and neurological disorders. “Faces are special,” says Kevin Mitchell, who writes at Wiring the Brain. Read about the acquired and developmental forms of a fascinating disorder, prosopagnosia, characterized by impaired facial recognition. Faces…

Editor’s note: If you are offended by cholesterol, or are a health and nutrition blogger, or an obesity blogger, avert your eyes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Earlier today, dear friend of the blog AV Flox conducted an experiment. It went something like this: Observation: Everyone says the KFC Double-Down is gross. Figure 1:…

Quotation

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all” –Harriet van Horne Science, too, I think.

Today for Monday Pets, we’re going to go old school and talk about vision. Vision is arguably our most (intentionally) utilized sensory system, so its pretty important to figure out how it works. And it’s what David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel set out to investigate starting in the late 1950s. Ultimately, their work would get…

Sunday Night Jams

For when you have those late night pre-data-collection-week science crazies. Yafyufa (English: The Prettiest), by Eyal Golan.

Whale Poop

Earlier this week we talked about how to use whale snot for science. I especially enjoyed blog bff Scicurious‘s take on the study: Budgetary requirement: $5000 for series of expensive remote control helicopters. Source: Toys R Us. Justification: Need something that can fly close to a whale and collect snot for measurement. Also, this is…