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Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies

We often turn to dogs and to chimpanzees to understand our species. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives (with bonobos), while centuries of selective breeding have turned dogs into a species uniquely suited to comprehend our own social cues.

March 13, 2014 — Jason G. Goldman

The Misunderstood Penis

Gordon Gallup sets the record straight on the semen displacement theory

May 30, 2009 — Jesse Bering

How Do You Figure Out How Chimps Learn? Peanuts.

What is culture? One simple definition might be: a distinctive behavior shared by two or more individuals, which persists over time, and that ignorant individuals acquire through socially-aided learning.

May 12, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

How Specific Are The Social Skills of Dogs?

Dogs are particularly good at tasks that involve communicating or cooperating with humans, which has led some researchers to speculate that they are really good at solving social tasks, more generally.

June 16, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman
Chimpanzees React To A Robo-Doll

Chimpanzees React To A Robo-Doll

A large portion of what animals do is interact with each other. As a social species, we can hardly go an hour without some kind of interaction with another human, be it face-to-face or via text or email.

May 17, 2014 — Felicity Muth
Scientists Get Primates to Play Cards

Scientists Get Primates to Play Cards

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.

February 28, 2014 — Felicity Muth
A Genome is Not a Blueprint

A Genome is Not a Blueprint

Image: 1936 Joy Oil gas station blueprints (top); sequence from human chromosome 1 (bottom). Source: from A Monkey’s Blueprint by Martin Krzywinski on SA Visual When artist Martin Krzywinski was challenged to come up with a graphic that quickly and concisely shows how the human genome is more similar to chimpanzee and bonobo genomes than [...]

August 27, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Bonobo Peeps May Be Necessary Language Precursors

Animal communication studies have shown only fixed vocalizations, such as alarm cries. But Bonobo chimps appear to have a call that has different meanings in different contexts 

August 4, 2015 — Diana Kwon