Fellow Creatures: Common Misconceptions about Cats

A new post on my Psych Today blog Fellow Creatures looks at some common misconceptions about cats.Photo: Krysten Merriman/PexelsBy Zazie Todd PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.As my new book, Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy, is published, there...

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Scientists develop a model to reveal wild killer whales’ diets

A new study presented a method to reconstruct killer whales’ diets using the lipid composition of their blubber. By measuring these lipids, called fatty acids, in the killer whales’ fat and those in their potential prey, scientists can estimate the abundance of each prey species in the whales’ diet. This new method may hold the...

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Why Should Early-career Scientists Engage in Science Communication?

Science communication (also called #scicomm) is a skill. It involves sharing science with a larger audience, beyond Academia, in an understandable way. Effective science communication relies on a delicate balance between too few details and too much information, which can confuse a non-expert audience. Above all, it should be entertaining and tell a story.  With...

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Un cours sur les statistiques « bayésiennes » à la base du « cerveau prédictif »

Je voudrais cette semaine vous signaler la tenue d’un excellent cours de l’UPop Montréal sur les statistiques, surtout parce qu’il y a une séance sur l’approche de Bayes ce mardi à 19h au Café les Oubliettes, à Montréal. Vous allez peut-être me dire de un, les stats c’est pas nécessairement un sujet très sexy comme...

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club May 2022

"The book brims with Roach’s irreverent humor, which particularly shines when she experiences human-animal conflict firsthand... A blend of modern science and history, with Roach’s flair for spotting hidden absurdities... As another entry in Roach’s canon of books, Fuzz stands tall (and hairy), educating as much as it entertains."― Bethany Brookshire, Science News.By Zazie Todd,...

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Scientists Found Microplastics In Baleen Whale Poop Off New Zealand

Ever since the creation of synthetic plastic in 1869, plastic has become an inescapable part of life on Earth. From large, bulky items to the invisible-to-the-naked-eye pieces, plastic circulates in the air, water, and even our blood and lungs. Today we are focusing on a new study that looked at microplastics in baleen whales off...

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