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Dog Spies

Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for All?

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‘Dogs and Cats in the Home: Happiness for All?’ was a Finalist in the inaugural ScienceSeeker Awards* in the category Best Post About Peer-reviewed Research (winners and finalists listed here). Congrats to all those recognized and many thanks to the judges** for putting in how many hours? A version of this post first appeared at [...]

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Dog Spies

Are Dogs Funnier Than Cats?

Fake laughter is the worst. When you notice it, fake laughter is a reminder that something, socially, is off. Contrast that with the way you laugh when you are with your dog.* It’s spontaneous, raw and honest. You don’t mean for a laugh to pop out when Sampson is waiting for you to throw a [...]

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Observations

Adaptation to Starchy Diet Was Key to Dog Domestication

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They work with us, play with us and comfort us when we’re down. Archaeological evidence indicates that dogs have had a close bond with humans for millennia. But exactly why and how they evolved from their wolf ancestors into our loyal companions has been something of a mystery. Now a new genetic analysis indicates that [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

Guest Post: With Pets Like These, Who Needs People?

Is it purely coincidence that Dorothy starts talking to her dog Toto once she finds herself alone in a foreign land?

Editor’s Note: While I’m on vacation, I’ve arranged a series of guest posts from other writers who routinely cover animal behavior and cognition. Today’s post, about the benefits of having pets around, comes from Melanie Tennenbaum who blogs at PsySociety. Follow her on twitter: @melanietbaum. If there’s one thing that that pet owners regularly assume, [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

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. h/t @ferrisjabr

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The Thoughtful Animal

Monday Pets: Where Did Cats Come From?

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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.

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The Thoughtful Animal

Monday Pets – Back to Basics: Visual Cognition (Here’s one for the cat people)

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Vision is arguably our most (consciously) utilized sensory system, so its pretty important to figure out how it works. And it’s what David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel set out to investigate starting in the late 1950s. Ultimately, their work would get them a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in 1981.

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