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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

You're Not As Special As You Think

After being knocked out for a week by a flu (don't procrastinate on those vaccines, like I did) and coming back to a veritable avalanche of new data and (American) Thanksgiving, things are a little busy around here.So, to keep you busy between carving up turkeys and decorating with gourds, and because I haven't been prompt about announcing them here, below are links to the five pieces I've written thus far for my column over at BBC Future, Uniquely Human, in reverse-chronological order...

November 22, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

For Word Learning, Size Matters If You're A Dog

In 1988, a three-year-old child is led into a brightly colored testing room in a psychology department in Bloomington, Indiana. A small toy is brought out and put onto a table in front of the child...

November 21, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Election Day Edition

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week, featuring election-day science:Stressed out waiting for the results? According to Scicurious, It’s not the stress that counts, it’s whether you can control it.Is it possible to predict how "undecided voters" will decide?...

November 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

It's Time For Donors Choose

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe." That he was speaking ultimately about god doesn't matter; I'm aware of no better articulation of the scientific process...

October 18, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

I tackle this question in two very different ways, in two very different places this week.First, the latest in my BBC Future column, Uniquely Human, was published today: Is language unique to humans?...

October 17, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Sesame Street and Child Development

Television has a bad side. According to a report from the University of Michigan, the average American child has seen sixteen thousand murders on TV by age 18.

October 15, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Cricket Fight Club: How is a Cricket Like a Rat?

When my brother and I were young, we were very careful to share the last bit of dessert equally. It's not that we were particularly magnanimous. In their wisdom, my parents instituted a rule in our house: one of us would divide the snack in half, and the other would select his half...

October 4, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Kid Scientists, Social Psychology, M&Ms for Rats

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:Science is really just kids play. Well, sort of. It turns out that when kids play, they "come up with general principles, akin to scientific theories, based on the data of their daily lives." Find out more at Discover Magazine's 80 Beats blog, where Ashley P...

October 2, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants

In 1976, psychologists John and Sandra Condry of Cornell University had 204 human adults view videotaped footage of an infant boy named David and infant girl named Dana, and asked them to describe the infants' facial expressions and dispositions...

September 28, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Famous People With Animals

I'm at the annual conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums this week in Phoenix. Since I'm too busy livetweeting conference sessions to write a post this week, here are a few photos of famous people with animals...

September 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Dolphin Societies Are Impacted By Human Fishing

Moreton Bay is a small patch of ocean bounded by Queensland, Australia, on the west and on the east by Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. The bay is home, by various estimates, to between six hundred and eight hundred Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins ( Tursiops aduncus )...

September 6, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
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