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I know you are calling me! – Fickle cats know their own names

You may wonder if your cat recognizes its own name. You may have even tried to call the cat's name and some other words to see if it responds. Many people believe cats don't recognize their own names because they tend not to show an... click to read more

  • Atsuko Saito | Associate professor at Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences, Sophia University; RIKEN Center for Brain Science
  • Kazutaka Shinozuka | Research scientist at Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences, Sophia University; RIKEN Center for Brain Science
Views 284
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 19, 2021
Genes coordinating selfishness and altruism between parents and offspring

Parental care is an altruistic behavior broadly observed in nature. Altruistic parents provide their offspring with food and protection. These are costly behavior for parents, that are beneficial for the offspring's development and survival. However, parents can also be selfish. Selfish parents are interested in... click to read more

  • Min Wu | Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Views 416
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 11, 2021
The struggle to comply with social distancing

COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lives. To curb the virus's spread, we have tried to keep a distance from our neighbors, postpone large group gatherings, and frequently isolate ourselves at home. These social (or physical) distancing practices are at odds with the interactive nature... click to read more

  • Weizhen Xie | Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • Stephen Campbell | Research Associate at Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Weiwei Zhang | Associate Professor at Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Views 1488
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 24, 2020
Our Unfolding Happiness

Questions about happiness are a tricky subject. As Daniel Gilbert points out in his book Stumbling on happiness, "Few of us can accurately gauge how we will feel tomorrow or next week. That's why when you go to the supermarket on an empty stomach, you'll... click to read more

  • Thomas Hills | Professor at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Views 1816
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 11, 2020
The "reasonable irrationality" principle

So, what decisions are considered sound? Foundational theories in neo-classic economics address this question by pointing to the concept of rationality. A rational person is aiming to maximize their preferences, to de facto pursue their self-interests. According to economists, a rational person uses abstract rules,... click to read more

  • Igor Grossmann | Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
Views 1621
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 26, 2020