Animal Research

The Mothers Were Rats

To the editor: It was more than a little surprising to read Wray Herbert’s review of Sharon Begley’s book, Train Your Mind Change Your Brain, in the APS Observer (March, 2007, p. 15) claiming that Michael Meaney’s (fascinating, groundbreaking and outstanding) work “has proven that the way mothers treat their More

Tales of an Entrepreneurial Animal Psychologist

At an earlier stage of my academic career, a college dean asked me to reevaluate a scholar who initially had been denied tenure.  The scientist in question had published in highly regarded journals, was known to be a superb teacher, and was already the recipient of prestigious awards for superior More

No Monkey, No Cry

Those who know her best describe Sylvia as closed off and even “disdainful.” So it was a shock that the 23-year-old baboon turned to her companions for support when her daughter and best grooming partner, Sierra, suffered a fatal encounter with a lion. Sylvia’s observed behavior – seeking comfort from More

Putting Psychology Out to Pasture

Later this month the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s annual School for Successful Ranching will include a session on “Cow Sense — Understanding Bovine Psychology.” Fourth-generation rancher and career cowboy Joel Ham of Big Lake, Texas, will lead a session on the key to successful low-stress cattle handling. Ham More


Stanford’s Annual Conference The fifth annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, sponsored by the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Association and the Stanford chapter of Psi Chi, was held on May 7, 2005. Initiated in 2001, SUPC has become an integral part of Stanford’s psychology department. ‘The conference was fantastic,’ SUPC associate director More

Non-Human Nature

By Duane M. Rumbaugh and David A. Washburn Yale University Press, 2003 Intelligence of Apes and Other Rational Beings By Duane M. Rumbaugh and David A. Washburn Yale University Press, 2003 Intelligence, creativity, and complex learning in non-human animals have concerned psychologists and others throughout the history of psychology and More