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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

Extra, Extra

Science and Science Writing You’ve checked out the new blog, Child’s Play, I’m writing with Melody Dye over at Scientopia, right?

August 8, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Congratulations and Open Thread

Dear friend of the blog and frequent commenter the Dog Zombie just got her masters!!!!! She studies dog brains by pursuing DVM and MS degrees.

August 7, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Blogging with Substance

Apparently, Mike the Mad Biologist thinks that I have a blog of substance. Or something like that. This appears to be a meme that Bora started, with two rules: 1.

August 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Seeing Pigs Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Late last week you might have seen headlines that went something like this: “Pampered pigs ‘feel optimistic’” or, this: “Can you ask a pig if his glass is half full?” or, “Pigs have feelings, too (and they prefer a bit of luxury)” The headlines came, respectively, from BBC News, EurekAlert, and the Daily Mail...

August 5, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

BBC Earth “Amazing”

Several weeks ago, BBC Earth contacted me to let me know about this awesome new website they were building: Life Is. The website, created by Firefly Interactive and The Brooklyn Brothers, will showcase some of the best images, videos and stories that the BBC Earth Natural History Unit has accrued in over 50 years of [...]..

August 4, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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