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Are Dogs (and Humans) Trying to Communicate When They Yawn?

Are Dogs (and Humans) Trying to Communicate When They Yawn? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

You are standing at the corner of a busy intersection waiting for the light to change with your dog sitting beside you. People are chattering loudly nearby, and pressing close and suddenly your dog gives a large dramatic yawn. Is he just tired?

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Can You Predict a Monkey’s Social Status by Looking at Its Genes?

Can You Predict a Monkey’s Social Status by Looking at Its Genes? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Rhesus macaques, which are some of the best studied of all monkeys, establish hierarchies in their social groups.

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Can you have sex so mind-blowing you can't remember it?

Can you have sex so mind-blowing you can't remember it? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

There's a relatively more banal answer and then a much more fun answer.

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Parkinson’s disease stopped in animal model

Parkinson’s disease stopped in animal model | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Despite several effective therapies that treat Parkinson’s symptoms, nothing slows its progression. While it’s not known what exactly causes the disease, evidence points to one particular culprit: a protein called α-synuclein.

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Pigeons Can "Count" As Well As Monkeys

Pigeons Can "Count" As Well As Monkeys | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Although many species, from bees to elephants can distinguish among stimuli of varying quantities, apart from humans, only primates such as lemurs and chimps, were thought to have the ability to employ abstract numerical rules and reason numerically. However, according to a short research report published online in the journal Science on 23 December, researchers have discovered that pigeons can count as well as monkeys, and they suggest the ability is more widespread in the animal kingdom than we might assume.

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The Benefits of Puppy Love

The Benefits of Puppy Love | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Pet ownership confers a sense of belonging and acceptance. Many studies have hypothesized that owning and caring for a pet has qualitative psychological and physical benefits, but recent studies are quantifying these advantages.
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Majority-biased learning: In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle

Majority-biased learning: In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
In humans and chimpanzees knowledge is transmitted within a group by means of a majority principle. Chimpanzees are more likely to copy an action performed by a large number of individuals than an action that was performed more frequently.
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A Psychologist Goes To The Zoo: An Interview with Terry L. Maple

A Psychologist Goes To The Zoo: An Interview with Terry L. Maple | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Maple is former president and CEO of the Zoo Atlanta as well as the Palm Beach Zoo, and is currently a professor in the departments of psychology and integrative biology at the Harriett Wilkes Honors College at the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University.

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Pirate-Eye Pigeons Reveal How the Brain Talks to Itself

Pirate-Eye Pigeons Reveal How the Brain Talks to Itself | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Asymmetrical stimulation of the developing bird brain may be essential for communication between the brain's two hemispheres...
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Animals On the Borderline: The Horse Slaughter Controversy | Psychology Today

Animals On the Borderline: The Horse Slaughter Controversy | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Horses don't fall neatly in our moral categories. That's why the issue of banning horse slaugherhouses is more complicated that you might think.

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Animals In Our Brain: Mickey Mouse, Teddy Bears, and "Cuteness" | Psychology Today

Animals In Our Brain: Mickey Mouse, Teddy Bears, and "Cuteness" | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

There's never a shortage of new studies about nonhuman animals (animals) and human-animal interactions. A recent study is well-worth noting as it bears on a number of very interesting issues concerning how we perceive other animals.

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Chimpanzees Should Not Be Used in TV or Movies

Chimpanzees Should Not Be Used in TV or Movies | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

The question of chimpanzee use for biomedical research is fraught, but the irresponsibility of using chimpanzees in movies and commercials seems fairly straightforward. But not everyone seems to agree – they would argue that it is chimpanzees’ appearance in mainstream media that has actually allowed for the increased public awareness of the existence of chimpanzees.

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