The Thoughtful Animal

Latest / page 4

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: To start things off, Krystal D’Costa of Anthropology in Practice discusses the science of women’s shoes. Was the “Gay Caveman” really gay? Or even a caveman? Eric M. Johnson takes his blog tour to David Dobbs’s Neuron Culture blog: The Allure of the Gay Caveman.…

The first two reviews (that I’m aware of) of this year’s edition of Open Lab have surfaced! First, USC ran a fantastic story on Open Lab and on my experiences with science blogging more generally. It was placed prominently (to my surprise) at the front page of the USC website for a week, and included…

A couple weeks ago, I asked readers to offer up some science blogs written by women. I wrote: Throughout the month of March, The Smithsonian Channel aired all-new original programming, exploring the scientific contributions of five female scientists: Elisabeth Blackburn, JoGayle Howard, Nan Hauser, Elisabeth Kalko, and Gudrun Pflueger. (I featured one of the programs,…

Baby Animals at the LA Zoo

I’ve been a bit remiss in posting much this week, mostly because I had to prep a guest lecture (from which I just returned, and it was awesome thankyouverymuch) on the Domestication of Social Cognition. In the meantime, now that spring is here, baby animals are starting to pop up all over the LA Zoo.…

Here are my Research Blogging Editor’s Selections for this week: Liberals Are Conflicted and Conservatives Are Afraid and Colin Firth is published in Current Biology. From the Neurocritic. Despite what beer commercials tell you, not everyone responds to alcohol in the same way. The Science Life blog discusses the science of drinking. How does an…

I’m working on putting together a resource sheet for various people (teachers, professors, graduate students, etc) that will help them find psychology-related resources on the web. And I can use your help. To start with, I’m compiling as extensive a list as is reasonably possible of psychology and related blogs. Here is a starter list,…

This newest addition to the Cincinnati Zoo, a female giraffe, was born last Saturday, April 2, 2011. She’s the first giraffe born at at the Cincinnati Zoo in 26 years. Head on over to their facebook page and suggest a name! Oh, and did you know that giraffes can (sort of) swim? Check out Darren…

You know that old phrase, “monkey see, monkey do”? Well, there might be something to it, except that chimpanzees aren’t monkeys. (Sadly, “ape see, ape do” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.) A new paper published today in PLoS ONE has found evidence that chimpanzees have contagious yawning – that is, they can…

Here are my Research Blogging Editors Selections for this week: Is there a relationship between the taste of certain foods and moral decision-making? Maybe. At The Jury Room: Make them eat brussel sprouts. In a somewhat related post, Dr. Stu of his eponymous blog asks if your music selection can make your food taste better…

Given the recent elephant hunting scandal, I thought I’d repost this award-winning piece from the archives, on a very clever way to deter elephants from raiding human settlements. Much cleverer than shooting them. (Click on the archives icon for the original.) What information is contained in the call of a mammal? Some calls might reflect…