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Catching Up: Mind-Reading, Trophy Hunting, Dolfriends

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Just a reminder that I also write elsewhere on the internet. In particular, you can regularly find me at BBC Future and at Conservation Magazine. Here are a few links to recent pieces that readers of this blog might find interesting.

At BBC Future, a three-part series on mind-reading:
Can this sneaky chimp read minds?
How we can tell an accident from purposeful actions.
The puppet show that reveals how you read minds.

At Conservation Magazine:
How To Avoid Shark Attacks Without Killing Sharks.
Is Conservation Work in Zoos Too Random?
Can Trophy Hunting Actually Help Conservation?
The Road to Extinction is Paved with Good Intentions.

In print in Scientific American:
In the December issue, Play Nice. How do the play antics of orphaned chimps differ from those reared by their mothers?

In the January issue, Making Dolfriends. False killer whales (which are actually dolphins) and bottlenose dolphins form social relationships that can last for years. A fascinating tale of interspecies friendship.

And as always, to keep tabs on things, you can follow me on twitter, on Google+, or “like” my Facebook page.

Image: the infamous NASAJPL deer, photographed on Monday, January 27, 2014. Copyright the author.

Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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