The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for May, 2010

Monday Afternoon Jams

Two songs by Israeli singer Maya Avraham. Lama (Why?) למה – official music video Tirkedi (Dance) תרקדי

Zen recently wrote mentioned this study on his blog, so I thought it was time to dredge it out of the archives. Also, I’ve just returned from APS (see my daily recaps here here and here), and I am TIRED. Domestic animals and their wild counterparts can be different in big ways; there can be…

APS Day 3

I am exhausted. Today was a very long conference filled day followed by a very long baseball game at Fenway Park. My labmate, who is a bit of a baseball freak, in a moment of sheer brilliance, bought us STANDING ROOM ONLY tickets for the game. And so we stood. For >3 hours. My feet…

Welcome New Readers!

At some point today, I got a whole mess of new twitter followers who (I hope) are coming to check out the blog. Here are a few links to some of the best and most popular posts, to give a sense of the things I like to write about. Here is a quick introduction. Here…

APS Recap, Day 2

Another awesome day of psychologically scientific hilarity and awesomeness.

APS Overview, Days 0-1

Today was the first full day of APS in Boston. Well, sort of. The main APS program began this evening, but starting last night and continuing through the rest of today was the pre-conference APS-STP (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) Teaching Institute, which I attended, and during which I presented a poster. Here’s a…

The fantastic blog 3 Quarks Daily has opened up nominations for its second annual prize in science blogging. This year, the contest will be judged by the great Richard Dawkins, and there will be three winners. Posts can be nominated by bloggers or readers, and if any of you wanted to nominate one of my…

Your Brain on Fast Food

Some kids more readily recognize Ronald McDonald than the President of the United States of America. Sad, right? Check out this exchange, from the 2004 movie Super Size Me: Morgan Spurlock: [to kids] I’m gonna show you some pictures and I want you to tell me who they are. Children: OK. Morgan Spurlock: [Showing a…

Rule #2: No Jeans

I have a confession to make. I would wear a pair of jeans any day over something more formal. I just find it more comfortable, and I maintain that you can look just as good in the right pair of jeans as in a pair of, for example, black slacks. As a result, I often…

APS 2010 Starts Tomorrow!

So who is going to be at APS this week in Boston? I’ll be there for both the pre-conference teaching institute as well as the main conference. Find me presenting a poster during the teaching institute: Teaching Institute Poster Session – Board: TI-054 Location: Back Bay Ballroom Date/Time: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:30 AM –…