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Animal culture: insights from vervet monkeys

Something I get asked occasionally as someone who works on animal cognition is ‘what makes humans different from other animals?’ This is a tough one, because, as humans are of course animals, it is much easier to list the similarities between us and other animals in our behaviour and how our brains process things than the differences...

April 25, 2013 — Felicity Muth

Inheriting Second Natures

It is in our first nature to get second natures. Born with the habit of acquiring new habits we access a behavioral toolkit that is nowhere in our genes.

April 25, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

THE MARTIAL MAGICIAN'S MEMORY PALACE

Tom Meseroll -- The Martial Magician Ed. note: This blog was originally presented at Sleights of Mind . Magicians sometimes perform seemingly impossible feats of memory, for instance, to remember the order of a "randomly shuffled" deck of cards...

April 25, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Shame versus guilt in community responses to wrongdoing.

Yesterday, on the Hastings Center Bioethics Forum, Carl Elliott pondered the question of why a petition asking the governor of Minnesota to investigate ethically problematic research at the University of Minnesota has gathered hundreds of signatures from scholars in bioethics, clinical research, medical humanities, and related disciplines -- but only a handful of signatures from scholars and researchers at the University of Minnesota.At the center of the research scandal is the death of Dan Markingson, who was a human subject in a clinical trial of psychiatric drugs...

April 25, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

When Should Robots Resemble Humans?

I've been spending a lot of time around robots lately (hey, there's something I never thought I'd say). I got a chance to see and interact with several different kinds of robots recently at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Robotics Open House.I saw robots that sort colored objects like the PR2,socially assistive robots that do work with autistic kids like the Nao,and little dino robots that just look cute.I'm particularly interested in robot locomotion...

April 25, 2013 — Katie McKissick

Is Moralization on the Upswing?

JZ,You raise some questions about what "counts" as moral behavior in your last post, which got me thinking about a related question that changes the conversation a bit: What counts as a moral issue?...

April 25, 2013 — Adam Waytz

Can Synthetic Biology Keep Your Food Safe?

On a hot summer day, nothing spells refreshment quite like a slice of juicy, orange cantaloupe. But in summer 2011, cantaloupes reached plates with an unwanted addition: listeria.

April 25, 2013 — Julianne Wyrick

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