Animals’ cognitive shortcomings are as revealing as their genius. (p. 24)
Found in: Behavior, Biology and Zoology
Using lasers, scientists target a sluggish set of neurons in rats to ease drug compulsion. (p. 16)
Found in: Behavior, Body & Brain, Genes & Cells and Psychology
Newborns show signs of having tracked moms’ speech while still in the womb. (p. 9)
Found in: Behavior, Body & Brain and Humans
Federal housing subsidies didn’t fight poverty as hoped, but trading public housing for new neighborhoods brought psychological benefits. (p. 12)
Found in: Behavior, Humans and Science & Society
Unexpectedly poor results on crustacean eye exams suggest there’s another way to perceive color. (p. 11)
Found in: Behavior, Body & Brain and Life
Ecologist Kate Langwig of Boston University and her colleagues want Eastern bats to listen up: No more cuddling — at least during hibernation. Just keep those wings to yourselves.
Found in: Behavior, Biology, Ecology and Science & Society
A study out this week attempts to probe why attitudes on climate risks by some segments of the public don’t track the science all that well. Along the way, it basically debunks one simplistic assumption: that climate skeptics, for want of a better term, just don’t understand the data — or perhaps even science. “I think this is sort of a weird, exceptional situation,” says decision scientist Dan Kahan of the Yale Law School, who led the new study. “Most science issues aren’t like this.”
But a view is emerging, some scientists argue, that people tend to be unusually judgmental of facts or interpretations in science fields that threaten the status quo — or the prevailing attitudes of their cultural group, however that might be defined. And climate science is a poster child for these fields.
Found in: Behavior, Climate Change, Environment, Psychology and Science & Society
In mouse experiments, the compound curbs repetitive behaviors and improves sociability. (p. 17)
Found in: Behavior and Body & Brain
A good friend will make you laugh, defend you in an argument, cheer you on when you’re doing well and cheer you up when you’re feeling sad. Best buds can be good for your health, too. Maintaining close relationships means less stress and a longer life.
And you don’t even have to be human.
Just as with people, animals of other sorts can benefit from having a BFF. New studies show that animals with someone they can count on — to get them out of a scrape, share food or deliver a kind gesture — are more likely to reproduce and are better at fighting disease.
Such findings suggest that... (p. 18)
Found in: Behavior