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The Thoughtful Animal

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ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Headaches, Turkey, Gratitude, and Dogs


Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:

At Mind Hacks, Vaughan Bell shares a beautiful work by art by Victorian cartoonist George Cruikshank: A devil of a headache.

Does eating turkey really make you sleepy? In a short, fun video, Ferris Jabr explains the science of Thanksgiving tiredness.

"As it turns out, expressing gratitude is more than just a nice idea—it's beneficial to your health and happiness." Jordan Gaines explains how this works at Gaines on Brains. (Bonus! The research she discusses was conducted by Psych Your Mind blogger Amie Gordon)

There's a lot of science surrounding the relationship between dogs and children. Some insist that dogs have a beneficial effect on kids, while others disagree. At Do You Believe in Dog, Mia Cobb begins a series of posts by considering the positives of a dog-child relationship.

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

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