The Thoughtful Animal
Jason writes about psychology and neuroscience, with a special focus on animal cognition and the evolution of the mind. What does it mean for a cognitive skill or capacity to be truly innate? How can the environment take the basic building blocks of cognition and push them around in different ways? How did those building blocks evolve? How do they develop throughout the lifetime? Understanding the animal mind can help us better understand the evolution of the human mind. His blog The Thoughtful Animal, which discusses behavior and cognition in humans and animals, has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, SEED Magazine, the National Geographic Channel, the Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News-Observer, and USA Today. He has also contributed to Scientific American, The Guardian, and LAist.
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Cognitive Chickens and Memorable Sea Slugs
There is a rich tradition in psychology and neuroscience of using animals as models for understanding humans. Humans, after all, are enormously complicated creatures to begin even from a strictly biological perspective. Tacking on the messiness that comes...1 week ago
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