The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for November, 2010

You may have noticed that I’ve stopped doing linkfests. I decided that the time put in to their curation (i.e. the ‘cost’) outweighs the value of doing so (i.e. the ‘benefit’). It also occurred to me that most of the things I would curate in my weekly linkfests were the same items I tweeted throughout…

Baby Elephant, Age -19 Months

This amazingly clear 3D ultrasound image of an elephant fetus was taken just three months into its 22-month-long gestation period. The little guy, now named George, was born nineteen months later at ZSL’s Whipsnade Zoo. You can even see his little trunk and everything! (h/t Metro UK)

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: According to the Neurocritic, “Most everything you’ve read about the Doctors Prescribing ‘Tetris Therapy’ study is wrong.” Find out why. What happens when a fish sees its own reflection? If you’re like most people, you’d say that he fish treats the reflection as if it…

Donors Choose Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Donors Choose Science Bloggers for Students campaign. Twenty-two readers from this humble blog donated a total of $524, affecting a total of 904 students! And that’s not all, because HP is matching every dollar donated, so your $524 is actually worth $1048. Keep your eyes on your…

Have you ever been at a party with lots of people chatting away, when for some unexplainable reason you felt compelled to turn and look at the front door of your friend’s house…and just as you were looking, someone was just coming in from outside and closing the door? You couldn’t have heard the door…

Open Lab Update: Twenty Days Left!

Only twenty days left for submissions! Dig through your archives, through other people’s archives and submit! I’ve already started to contact potential judges for this year’s anthology. We’re ready to roll! Note: if you have recently moved your blog, please e-mail Bora the corrected URLs for your entries The list is growing fast – check…

This week marked the release of Brian Switek’s (blog, twitter) first book, Written in Stone. I got my hands on a review copy a few weeks ago, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. (Disclaimer: I was provided with a free review copy of the book, without any expectation that I’d…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. To start things off, be sure to check out the “What is Mental Illness? Mini-Carnival” that I hosted at The Thoughtful Animal, which included entries from BPS Research Digest, Neurocritic, Neurotic Physiology, Psycasm, and myself. John Wayland at The History of Psychology tells the tale…

From the new National Geographic Great Migrations mini-series. Open comment thread: Did you watch it last night? What did you think?

Despite the fact that my research lies at the intersection between cognitive, comparative, and developmental psychology, I am also quite interested in the evolution of our understanding of psychopathology. The ultimate goal of the study of psychopathology is to ground such disorders in brain and body. But our understanding of some pathologies are simply not…