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Stories by Jason G. Goldman

Silver Spoon Hyenas?

A fascinating new paper just came out in Nature Communications and I intend to blog it in the usual manner, but I thought I’d try something new first.

August 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

To Hear A Mockingbird: The Plight of the Iguana

Predator-prey interactions are often viewed as evolutionary arms races; while predators improve their hunting behaviors and their ability to sneak up on their prey, the prey improve upon their abilities to detect and escape from their predators...

August 23, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Here’s your weekly round-up of fun and fascinating: To start with, I did a 6-part series on numerical cognition and the development of math skills, here and at Child’s Play: 1...

August 22, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Meta-Aggregator

Two important notes for today – the full link round-up, as per usual, will come over the weekend. First, the meta-aggregator to end all aggregators.

August 20, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Origins of Small Number Representation

Earlier this week I wrote about the developmental and evolutionary origins of large number representation. A series of studies in human infants, monkeys, rats, and fish demonstrated that animals and humans spontaneously represent large (>4), abstract, approximate numerosities...

August 19, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

What Are The Origins of (Large) Number Representation?

This post considering the evolutionary origins of numerical cognition, specifically in terms of the approximation of large numbers, is meant as a companion to this week’s series on the developmental origins of numerical cognition and developmental dyscalculia, at Child’s Play...

August 17, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Did Dogs Gain Their Social Intelligence By Accident?

Domesticated dogs seem to have an uncanny ability to understand human communicative gestures (see here). If you point to something the dog zeroes in on the object or location you’re pointing to (whether it’s a toy, or food, or to get his in-need-of-a-bath butt off your damn bed and back onto his damn bed)...

August 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Insights into the mind of a cat

Apparently when something interests you, the best way to figure it out is to smack it really hard, and repeatedly. If you’re a cat, at least.

August 15, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Extra, Extra

Science and Science Writing Colin Schultz has committed science blogging! Science bloggers link more often to original research than do mainstream journalists.

August 15, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Book Review: The Invisible Gorilla

If there is one book that every human should read, it is The Invisible Gorilla, by Chris Chabris and Dan Simons. I suppose that’s a pretty bold statement to make.

August 13, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Social Cognition in Polar Bears

In most zoos and animal parks, polar bears (ursus maritimus) attract such a disproportionate amount of attention that they are referred to in the industry as “charismatic megafauna,” or in other words, “really cool animals.” Perhaps it is because it is especially rare for the average zoo-goer to happen upon a polar bear in the [...]..

August 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Bears Gone Fishing

“The problem is that most bears don’t like to get their ears wet.” That is the problem, isn’t it? Another awesome video courtesy of the folks at BBC Earth “Life Is”...

August 11, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Food for Thought

That animals help each other is far from a new observation, but it’s puzzling nonetheless. If all that matters is survival of the fittest, shouldn’t animals refrain from anything that fails to benefit themselves?...

August 11, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

The Carnal Carnival

Sometime late Saturday night, it seems I agreed to shepherd (cat-herd?) a new blog carnival. It all started when I noticed that people seem to be blogging about poop a lot.

August 9, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Hands Off My Bone!

Different dog growls mean different things, right? Probably. But can you tell the difference? Here’s a dog growling when someone is trying to steal its food: link to mp3.

August 9, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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