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April 21, 2014

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4:36 PM | Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right
  This post was originally published at The American Scholar. Gestures are simple enough. Right? A spontaneous but well-timed wave can emphasize an idea, brush aside a compliment, or point out a barely obscured bird’s nest to an obtuse friend. We use gestures to help our listeners follow along, and we make ourselves look warm […]The post Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right appeared first on The Crux.

April 17, 2014

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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Is It Good For Kids To Have A Pet?
People overwhelmingly believe that having pets is overall a good thing for children. Indeed, a 2003 paper by developmental psychologist Gail F. Melson reports that most parents say that they acquired... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Mueller M.K. (2014). Is Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Linked to Positive Youth Development? Initial Answers, Applied Developmental Science, 18 (1) 5-16. DOI:

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April 15, 2014

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1:30 PM | Picking Sides: How Genes Help Us Decide Between Left and Right
Some people call left-handers southpaws. Others call them mollydookers or corky dobbers. Scientists still often call lefties sinister, which in Latin originally just meant “left” but later came to be associated with evil. Wondering about the medical implications of being born a corky dobber? It may surprise you that left-handed women were found to be […]The post Picking Sides: How Genes Help Us Decide Between Left and Right appeared first on The Crux.

April 14, 2014

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8:00 PM | The Power of Dad
In the 1994 film Junior, a male scientist becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl. It’s a rather ridiculous tale, but if any man could be given the superpower of giving birth, my dad should... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 10, 2014

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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:15 PM | Seamlessly moving between ballet and neuroscience
I love NOVA’s series on the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers because it often features scientists who do amazing things in addition to their research. Today, the program features a short... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 09, 2014

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11:28 PM | Best of March, 2014
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:28 PM | Best of March, 2014
March was a busy month! Here’s everything I wrote last month. Here on The Thoughtful Animal: Oil Pollution is Making Gulf Dolphins Sick Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 07, 2014

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11:51 PM | What is philosophy of science (and should scientists care)?
Just about 20 years ago, I abandoned a career as a physical chemist to become a philosopher science. For most of those 20 years, people (especially scientists) have been asking me what the heck the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:35 AM | Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry: Death Cologne
I’m really loving the new ‘Reactions‘ series from the American Chemical Society. Those of us involved in the world of science communication are well aware that effective... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 03, 2014

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5:48 PM | How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain
BROOKLYN—It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker. On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 02, 2014

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5:57 PM | The Missing Link that Wasn’t
April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:57 PM | The Missing Link that Wasn’t
April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:31 PM | A Transformation of Light: How We See [Video]
    Editor’s note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a synopsis of the second video... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 01, 2014

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2:29 AM | Bernice: Abuse, Addiction and Hopelessness
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 31, 2014

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9:36 PM | Trust the “trust hormone”? Oxytocin can increase deceit
Oxytocin has perhaps the best reputation of any molecule on the planet. In a culture of chemophobia where any compound is fair game for attack, oxytocin has been heralded as “The Source of Love and Prosperity“. If you listen to the tales, this “moral” molecule—the “trust hormone“—is the “most amazing molecule in the world,” and […]The post Trust the “trust hormone”? Oxytocin can increase deceit appeared first on […]

Shalvia S. & De Dreub C. (2014). Oxytocin promotes group-serving dishonesty , PNAS, DOI:

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6:52 AM | Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday role of Ritual
April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:52 AM | Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday role of Ritual
April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2014

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3:46 PM | Women, Sexual Abuse and Addiction
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 29, 2014

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2:16 PM | Eric and Sonya: Crystal Meth and a New City
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 28, 2014

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3:18 PM | Science, Comics, and Adventure!
When I was a science teacher, I was always on the lookout for narrative stories that revolve around science. Our brains are wired to learn from stories, after all, so I was always astounded by the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:16 PM | Quick! What Is The Word for A Pair of Opposites? [Video]
  // Editor’s note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a synopsis of the first video in the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:42 AM | Introducing Someone to the Drug that Killed Her
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 27, 2014

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2:00 PM | When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn
“Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!” Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. “I will feed some to my baby cavies too!” she says. The baby cavies love to play in the grass! But they’ve... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | When Animals Act Like People in Stories, Kids Can’t Learn
“Yum, these grass and plants are delicious!” Mother cavy thinks as she eats her breakfast. “I will feed some to my baby cavies too!” she says. The baby cavies love to play in the grass! But they’ve... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Ganea P.A., Canfield C.F., Ghafari K.S. & Chou T. (2014). Do cavies talk?: The effect of anthropomorphic books on children's knowledge about animals, Frontiers in Psychology, DOI:

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1:00 PM | Genetic Screening to Enhance IQ Should Be Embraced
A version of this article originally appeared at The Conversation. There could be a way of predicting – and preventing – which children will go on to have low intelligence, according to the findings of a study researchers at Cardiff University presented on Monday. They discovered that children with two copies of a common gene […]The post Genetic Screening to Enhance IQ Should Be Embraced appeared first on The Crux.
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6:30 AM | What does it mean to be an introvert online?
Did you take public transportation today? And where did you sit? Did you take the seat on the end? What about your phone at work? Did it actually ring today? Did you let it go to voicemail? In fact,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:30 AM | What does it mean to be an introvert online?
Did you take public transportation today? And where did you sit? Did you take the seat on the end? What about your phone at work? Did it actually ring today? Did you let it go to voicemail? In fact,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:24 AM | A New Town, a New Try at Outrunning a Felony
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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