The Thoughtful Animal

Archives for June, 2011

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. To start us off this week, Neuroskeptic discusses a new study that attempted to use a computer to translate therapists’ notes into psychiatric diagnoses. Could it be that certain language used by therapists or their clients could predict the severity or duration of a mental…

The LA Zoo wasn’t always in as nice a facility as it is now. The “old” LA zoo was built in 1912 and was in use until 1965, when it moved to its current location just a couple miles away in a different area of Griffith Park. It’s open to check out, and is adjacent…

A version of this post was originally published on my WordPress blog on March 15, 2010. Click the archives image to see the original post. Most animals, at some point in their day-to-day lives, face the same problem. After they’ve gone out in search of food, they need to find their way home. But some…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. Social hierarchies are pretty complicated to navigate…so why have them at all? Read about The Status Paradox at Psych Your Mind. ADHD well known, but how might an ADHD diagnosis interact with being an athlete? What should practitioners of sports medicine know about it? Bill…

You’ve probably had a conversation that goes something like this: Person A: “My dog is sooooo amazing!” You: “I mean, dogs are awesome and all, but what’s so amazing about this particular dog?” Person A: “He just understands me. It’s like he knows what I’m thinking and what I need.” You: “Do you think he’s…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. “Most neuroscientists would subscribe to the sensorimotor hypothesis, according to which brains mainly evaluate sensory input to compute motor output,” writes Bjorn Brembs. But is it possible that the sensorimotor hypothesis is just the result of some laboratory artifacts? “What happens to a pig if…

Looking for a great Father’s Day gift? How about the gift of Open Lab? Get it for 20% off if you buy it by Monday, June 13. Click the graphic below to head straight to the Lulu page for the 2010 edition of The Open Laboratory.

Some Photos From My Travels

Hopefully this here blog will get back into the regular rhythm of posting in a few days. Until then, enjoy these photos from Oakland, Portland, and Seattle. These pictures, and the rest in the photo set are my first serious attempt at actual photography. Check it out!

Why write again what Bora has already written? The great science blog 3 Quarks Daily has announced the voting for it’s third annual prize for the best science writing on blogs. Last year, the judge was Richard Dawkins. This year, once the voting by the public narrows down the choices, the finalists will be judged…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week. Snacking on fertilized duck eggs features prominently in the first editor’s selection for this week. Food-related disgust and moral disgust: are they related? Find out at this Genealogy of Religion post, Foreign Ideas & Moral Indigestion Jon Brocks outlines a proposed change for the upcoming…