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How Cats Leapt from the Wild to Our Sofas

Tamed cats spread across the globe beginning almost 10,000 years ago, becoming the rodent-killing helpers of early farmers, mariners and Vikings. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on June 19, 2017...

June 19, 2017 — Nature Video
Cows Learn Better With Friends

Cows Learn Better With Friends

My schoolteachers took effort to separate close friends when arranging their classroom seating charts. The idea was that we’d pay more attention to our lessons if we were distracted by our buddies...

February 28, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman

Does Your Dog Love You Back?

You love your dog. Does your dog love you back? Is the love that an owner feels for her dog reciprocated? That's the question that a group of Swedish and Danish researchers wanted to answer...

November 21, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

Man’s Best Friend or Oversized Rat?

Here’s something curious. The phrase “man’s best friend” didn’t appear in print, according to Google’s n-grams, until after the year 1750.

November 20, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman
If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

If You Need To Test Your New Robot, Ask A Dog

The 1962 cartoon series The Jetsons featured a futuristic nuclear family: father George, mother Jane, and their offspring, Elroy and Judy. In the very first episode, we learn about the Jetson family’s purchase of a housecleaning robot named Rosey...

September 18, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

A horse is a horse, of course of course

In general, the ability to attribute attention to others seems important: it allows an animal to notice the presence of other individuals (whether conspecifics, prey, or predators) as well as important locations or events by following the body orientation or eyegaze of others...

July 26, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Want A Pet Fox?

You can have a pet domesticated fox of your very own – from the Russian fox farm I’ve previously written about – for the low low price of just $5,950.

June 24, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

How Specific Are The Social Skills of Dogs?

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally...

June 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: The Russian Fox Study

I’ve decided I want to cover some recent research on social cognition in domesticated dogs. But first, we need some background. So here’s a repost from the old blog.

June 14, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Monday Pets: Where Did Cats Come From?

Why were cats domesticated in the first place? And how? Given their relatively poor ability to socially engage with humans, it isn't exactly clear why or how they were domesticated, or how they came to play such a significant role in human culture...

May 3, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
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