The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for September, 2010

Morality and convention are so mired in culture that it may seem near impossible to determine the extent to which biology and environment give rise to it. And yet it is possible to investigate the evolutionary origins of morality. Research with infants – especially pre-verbal infants – who have not yet been sufficiently exposed to…

Social Media Week in LA

This week is Social Media Week in Los Angeles, as well as in Mexico City, Milan, Bogota, and Buenos Aires. What does that mean, exactly? Social Media Week is a multi-city global conference connecting people, content and conversations around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Dozens of free events hosted at locations all over…

Science Blogger Blogcast Showdown

We initially planned on doing these group blogcasts roughly once per month, but then, well, Pepsigate happened and blogs were moved, people were distracted, and so on. But the dust is finally starting to settle, so it was time for another. I should point out how awesome it is that this group blogcast spans three…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. Dr. Shock says that Internet and Video Games Improve Reading Skills and Visual Spatial Skills in Children. If the kids are initially low in those skills, at least. At the Global Change blog: Do women and men differ in their acceptance of climate warming? Religion…

Monday Midnight Movie: The Shofar

Cooperation and conflict are both a part of human society. While a good deal of the academic literature addresses the evolutionary origins of conflict, in recent years there has been an increased focus on the investigation of the evolutionary origins of cooperative behavior. One component of cooperative behavior that might be present in other animals…

Extra, Extra

Another week, another new blog network. Go say hello to the bloggers at Wired Science. Five of the six should look familiar, if you’ve been around Scienceblogs for a while: Brian Switek, David Dobbs, Daniel Macarthur, Maryn McKenna, Rhett Allain and Brian Romans, joined Jonah Lehrer, who had already been there a few weeks. Science…

I’m on Bloggingheads.tv!

My Child’s Play co-blogger Melody and I are the subjects of today’s Bloggingheads.tv Science Saturday program. Watch us chat with eachother for about an hour on how we became scientists and science bloggers, our thoughts on the state of psychology as a field, peer review and the journal system, how the study of language learning…

The schwag shop has opened! Imagine how awesome your desk would look with a Thoughtful Animal mug on it. Need a bag to lug your books around in? Why not use a Thoughtful Animal tote bag? Right now I’ve got some coffee/tea mugs, travel mugs, beer mugs, and water bottles available, as well as a…

Quandaries such as those involving stealing a drug to save a spouse’s life or whether or not to have an abortion have historically dominated the study of the development of moral thinking. The predominant research programs in psychology today use dilemmas in which one choice is deontologically correct (it is wrong to rotate a lever…