The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for November, 2010

Welcome to the mental illness mini-carnival! Mental illness, or psychopathology, is a field riddled with controversy and it can be sometimes confusing to wade through all the uncertainty and conflicting data and opinions. In an effort to help make sense of some of it, your faithful psychology and neuroscience bloggers are here to help. “Illness…

“When men wish to construct or support a theory, how they torture facts into their service!” Even in 1852, psychologists like Charles Mackay, who wrote those words in his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, were well aware of the dangers of confirmation bias. I was reminded of the pervasiveness of this…

Remembering Yitzchak Rabin

I don’t often get too personal on this blog, but today is an important day. Fifteen years ago, Israeli Prime Minster Yitzchak Rabin was assassinated after speaking at a peace rally in Tel Aviv in Kikar Malchei Yisrael (now called Kikar Rabin). I don’t have very many flashbulb memories from my childhood, but one of…

There is only one month left for submissions! Dig through your archives, through other people’s archives and submit! I’ve already started to contact potential reviewers 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…

Carnival of Evolution #29

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Another week of top-notch psychology and neuroscience blogging! Should captive cephalopods be kept in “enriched” environments? Mike Lisieski of the Cephalove blog says yes: “Generally, providing enrichment for captive cephalopods seems worth it.” ” Psychologists are starting to look at how expert dancers learn and…

In March 2000, Dr. Simon Chapman and colleagues from the University of Sydney published a paper in which they assessed the effectiveness of an educational intervention for the prevention of dog bites in children. “Prevent-a-Bite” is an educational programme designed for primary school children. The programme aims to instill precautionary behaviour around dogs, assuming that…