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Scientists Get Primates to Play Cards

All three primates chose the safer option

A few months ago I moved to Reno, Nevada. Although I haven’t been to a casino yet myself, living in a so-called ‘casino town’ makes you acutely aware of the effects of gambling on people. But why do people gamble to begin with? Surely if we know that the odds are stacked against us, we [...]

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Notes from some not bad science

The largest animal behaviour conference in the UK (the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) was held last Thursday and Friday in my hometown of St Andrews. The theme of the conference was ‘Understanding Animal Intelligence’, encompassing animals from chimpanzees and humans, to bees and scrub jays. There was a tremendous amount of exciting [...]

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