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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

Dogs, But Not Wolves, Use Humans As Tools

Sometime between fifteen and thirty thousand years ago, probably in the Middle East, the long, protracted process of domestication began to alter the genetic code of the wolf, eventually leaving us with the animals we know and love as domestic dogs...

April 30, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Friday Fun: Domestic Foxes in Russia [VIDEO]

It is still incredibly difficult to adopt a domestic fox in the United States. However, several have been adopted as pets in other countries. Here's a video of one man and his two pet foxes doing...not much...

April 20, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Friday Fun: Cloth Monkey, Wire Monkey [video]

In the 1950s, psychologist Harry Harlow began to study mother-infant relations in monkeys. After depriving young monkeys from their biological mothers, they were placed in a room where they could either hang out with a "wire monkey" - essentially, a metal figure in the rough shape of a monkey - or a "cloth monkey," which was the same figure, adorned in a fuzzy terry cloth coat...

April 13, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Hyenas Give Up Eating Garbage for Lent, Hunt Donkeys Instead

It's springtime in the northern hemisphere, which means that Christians are giving up meat for Lent, Jewish people are eating matzah instead of bread for Passover, and spotted hyenas ( Crocuta crocuta ) are replacing their regular meals with donkeys, in honor of the Ethiopian holiday Abye Tsome .Hyenas will eat just about anything organic...

April 9, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Published! Cortical Thickness, Reading Skill, and Reading Experience

I received my masters degree in 2009. After a loooong review process, the research that I conducted for my masters thesis - my first first-author publication - is finally published and online!Before beginning the research I'm currently doing, I started grad school conducting MRI research of reading and dyslexia...

April 3, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Sunday Photoblogging: Locals, Tourists, and Data

Flickr user Eric Fischer has done something very interesting. By accessing the geolocation information in photos uploaded to Flickr and Picasa, he's been able to map out the locations that tend to be photographed by locals and those that tend to be photographed by tourists...

April 1, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Friday Fun: Liam Neeson and Social Cognition

sciseekclaimtoken-4f761877d9aec I was recently reminded of the fantastic 2001 PBS/NOVA series Evolution, which was released in tandem with Carl Zimmer's book, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea.The whole series is great, but episode 6, The Mind's Big Bang, was my favorite...

March 30, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

The Illusion of Being Human

In one sense, the main theme of the Being Human conference was "illusion." Illusions occur when what we perceive does not match with the true state of the world.

March 26, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman
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