The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for December, 2010

Happy New Year!

Even though I’m on a mini-blogcation (owing to my temporary residence in the Cave of Open Lab), I’d like to take a moment to wish all of my readers and friends across the blogosphere, a very Happy New Year. I plan on being back to a somewhat normal blogging schedule in about a week (something…

Here are my Psychology/Neuroscience Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: If you’ve just run 29 laps would you endure the pain and run a round 30 laps? If you’ve run 31 laps, would you attempt to eek out one extra lap to make 32? Most people would rather run 30 laps than 29, but…

I’m still here, I swear. Most of the time I’d normally devote to writing blog posts has been spent in the Cave of Open Lab?, the last couple weeks. But it will be worth it, I promise. Brief update, by the numbers: 900 posts (first reviews back on 266 of them; waiting on the remaining…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Bill Yates asks, Do Personalities Converge After Marriage? Or do similar people simply wind up marrying each other in the first place? “‘Rectal stimulation‘, you say. Sounds all fun and games, but actually this study is an important one. It’s looking at potentials traveling up…

An Archival Treasure: Singing Mice?

Sometimes, when trolling through your institution’s journal subscriptions online, you wander into a treasure trove. I happened upon such a treasure trove recently: the Journal of Animal Behavior, which was published for just six years, between 1911 and 1916. The studies described in this journal were being conducted at a time when experimental psychology was…

These dudes are awesome.

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: DJ Busby of the Astronasty blog writes, “2 to 3 billion people, about half the world’s population, have a brain parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis…The parasite’s main host are cats, but infects many warm blooded animals.” I always knew cats…

King of all blogmemery Drugmonkey has started another one this week. The rules for this blog meme are quite simple. Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. Seems easy enough. Instead of just choosing the first blog entry this month, however, I’m going rogue…

I’ve got an article that appeared in this week’s Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles about recent research from Hadassah University on the neurobiology of bilingual (English-Hebrew) reading. Is the English-reading brain somehow different from the Hebrew-reading brain? You might not expect any major differences; after all, both languages are alphabetic and are read more…

Eric M. Johnson and I spent about 45 minutes discussing “evolutionary psychology beyond sex” last night, which you can see today on Bloggingheads “Science Saturday.” Or just watch it here: