Behavioral Science News
December 5, 2019

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Researchers investigated the cooperative abilities of dolphins. Utilizing a simplified Hirata Task, the team found that dolphins coordinated their behavior to work together ... read more

Crabs Can Solve and Remember Their Way Around a Maze

A new study has revealed how common shore crabs can navigate their way around a complex maze and can even remember the route in order to find ... read more

Implanted Memories Teach Birds a Song

A new songbird study that shows memories can be implanted in the brain to teach vocalizations -- without any lessons from the ... read more

Cats Are Securely Bonded to Their People, Too

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and independent. But a study of the way domestic cats respond to their caregivers suggests that their socio-cognitive abilities and the depth of their human ... read more
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Four Ways to Curb Light Pollution, Save Bugs

Artificial light at night negatively impacts thousands of species: beetles, moths, wasps and other insects that have evolved to use light levels as cues for courtship, foraging and navigation. ... read more

Spot the Difference: Two Identical-Looking Bird Species With Very Different Genes

While reports of species going extinct are sadly becoming common, an international team of scientists has identified a new species of bird living on the Southern coast of China, that diverged from ... read more

Body Language Key to Zoo Animal Welfare

Watching the behavior and body language of zoo animals could be the key to understanding and improving their welfare, new research ... read more

Flame-Retardant Exposure Increases Anxiety, Affects Social Behaviors in Prairie Vole

New research shows that early life exposure to a commonly used flame-retardant mixture increases anxiety and affects socioemotional behaviors in prairie voles, particularly in ... read more

Songbirds Sing Species-Specific Songs

The generation of species-specific singing in songbirds is associated with species-specific patterns of gene activity in brain regions called song nuclei, according to a new study. According to the ... read more

Epigenetic Pathway Controls Social Behavior in Carpenter Ants

Researchers discovered that a protein called CoRest, a neural repressor that is also found in humans, plays a central role in determining the social behavior of ants. The study also revealed that ... read more

Scientists Map Mouse Personality

Scientists have developed a computational method to objectively measure the personality of mice living in a semi-natural, group ... read more

For the First Time: A Method for Measuring Animal Personality

A study on mice shows animal research may need to take into account the connection between genes, behavior and ... read more

Helpful Insects and Landscape Changes

We might not notice them, but the crops farmers grow are protected by scores of tiny invertebrate bodyguards. Naturally occurring arthropods like spiders and lady beetles patrol crop fields looking ... read more

Complex Society Discovered in Birds

The first existence of a multilevel society in a non-mammalian animal shows that large brains are not a requirement for complex ... read more

Best of Frenemies: Unexpected Role of Social Networks in Ecology

Social networking, even between competing species, plays a much bigger role in ecology than anyone previously thought, according to ... read more

Chicks Born With Ability to Distinguish and Avoid Different Dangers

Chicks are born with the knowledge to flee from predators rather than learning it from experience, according to a new ... read more

Improved Avenues to Train Plastic Surgeons in Microsurgery

Microsurgery is an intricate and challenging surgical technique that involves using miniature instruments and sutures as fine as a hair strand aided by sophisticated microscopes. In plastic surgery, ... read more

Discovery in Monkeys Could Lead to Treatment for Blindness-Causing Syndrome

A genetic mutation that leads to a rare, but devastating blindness-causing condition called Bardet-Biedl Syndrome has been discovered in monkeys for the first time. The finding offers a promising way ... read more

Researchers Uncover Novel Amyloidosis

Scientists have discovered a novel amyloid protein that induces amyloidosis in rats. This new amyloid protein is known to be the lipopolysaccharide binding protein (LBP) and accumulated very ... read more

For Better Research Results, Let Mice Be Mice

Animal models can serve as gateways for understanding many human communication disorders, but a new study suggests that the established practice of socially isolating mice for such purposes might ... read more

Marmoset Monkeys Can Learn a New Dialect

Monkeys and other animals communicate through calls that can differ depending on region. The common marmoset is one such animal that communicates using regional dialects. Researchers have now found ... read more

Embracing Sustainable Practices Would Help Some Winery Tasting Rooms Stand out

Wineries in the mid-Atlantic region should consider recycling and encouraging their customers to bring bottles to their tasting rooms for refilling to distinguish their businesses from so many ... read more

Are Humans Changing Animal Genetic Diversity Worldwide?

Human population density and land use is causing changes in animal genetic diversity, according to new research. The research show that environmental changes caused by humans are leading to changes ... read more

Animal Study Shows How Stress and Mother's Abuse Affects Infant Brain

A new study in rats shows the extent of brain damage in newborn rodents from even short-term abuse by their ... read more

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