L’approche énactive et les problèmes techniques sur Le cerveau à tous les niveaux

Deux sujets bien distincts aujourd’hui, mais qui se rejoignent dans leur quête d’autonomie ! Je parlerai du site et de certains problèmes techniques à résoudre dans la deuxième partie de ce billet. Pour ce qui est du sujet de la première partie, il part d’une d’une présentation que j’avais faite à l’hiver 2019 dans le cadre d’un cours sur le raisonnement pédagogique de l’enseignant à l’Université de Montréal. L’ayant redonnée dans une nouvelle mouture le…

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Companion Animal Psychology News October 2020

Funny animal pictures, wolf leaders, and barriers to being a vet - this month's Companion Animal Psychology news.By Zazie Todd, PhDMy favourites this month“You can’t be a vet” Veterinarian Dr. Navaratnam Partheeban on the difficulties for ethnic minorities who want to become a vet.  How to do food bowl bonuses to prevent food guarding (with video) in Don’t play with your dog’s food by Jessica Ring.“These discoveries are changing the way we think about wolves.” Wolf…

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Russian ship played classical music to rescue entrapped belugas

The Moskva was the largest and most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker at her time of delivery. She got some international attention in 1985 when she herded around 2000 ice-entrapped belugas back to the open sea … by playing classical music. Yes, you read that right! Classical music saved the entrapped beluga whales What is an icebreaker? An icebreaker is a class of ships that can break the thickest ice and easily travel where no other ships…

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Right Turn: Observable progress for people with eye diseases

The news that Health Canada has approved gene therapy Luxturna to treat blindness couldn’t come at a better time, as October is Blindness Awareness Month. You don’t have to look far to find other high impact research on blindness happening right here in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto (UofT), is a world renowned bioengineer with expertise in the areas of polymer synthesis, biomaterials design and drug delivery in the nervous system. Her…

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Best Friends: Being Kind to Pets and to People

How kindness - in dog training, animal behaviour, on rehoming pets, and to others in our profession -  can change the world for dogs and cats.Photo: New Africa/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd, PhDA revolution in dog training is well under way: a transition to kinder, reward-based methods instead of the aversive methods that risk fear, anxiety, aggression, and a poorer human-animal bond. The reason is simple: more and more people are learning that positive reinforcement is effective…

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Seals “see” and hunt fish with their whiskers

Have you ever looked at a seal or a sea lion and wondered about their voluptuous whiskers? Those fine hairs, called whiskers or vibrissae, have a crucial role in their lives. Studies have shown that blindfolded captive harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) can easily follow other seals underwater, using only their whiskers. Yet, that was just the tip of the iceberg; what are these fine hairs really do? Seal have long and voluptuous whiskers – photo…

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Our perceptions are shaped by the possibility of imminent actions

Affordances are a key concept in cognitive science, first advanced by J.J. Gibson in 1966. As I explained in an earlier post in this blog, an affordance is an opportunity that an object offers to take action. A hammer, for example, offers the opportunity to be grasped by its handle, and a chair offers the opportunity to sit down. What is interesting about this concept of affordances is that the opportunity for action does not…

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Le prix Nobel de physique de Roger Penrose comme prétexte pour causer conscience

Comme je l’écrivais il y a un mois, afin d’avancer un gros projet d’écriture, je me vois contraint de prendre moins de temps pour rédiger mes billets hebdomadaires dans ce blogue. Mais le merveilleux monde de la science, lui, ne ralentit pas pas pour autant. Me voilà donc à nouveau tenté de parler de choses fascinantes mais passablement compliquées en relativement peu de mots. Je succomberai donc, en me disant que c’est peut-être mieux que…

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Happy Thanksgiving

 Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!Photo: Arthur Linnik/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd, PhDIt is Thanksgiving here in Canada. In this strangest of years, I wish you and yours love, peace, safety, and good health. I am thankful to everyone who has supported this blog and my book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy. I am also thankful to each and every one of you for your dedication and care for companion animals and their people. And of…

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Choose the best courses to study marine mammals

If you want to study marine mammals but don’t know which courses to take, this post is for you. Multiple times I have found myself confronted with the typical student dilemma of which courses to take. Do you want to work within the marine mammal sector? Then most people will respond with “you need to study marine biology.”. However, neither my bachelor nor my master was focused on marine biology, and here I am, studying…

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