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Genetics control behavioral sequences that are building blocks for complex behavior patterns that shape risk, reward and effort. Image credit: Cornelia N. Stacher Hörndli, University of Utah
Foraging for information: machine learning decodes genetic influence over behavior

August 19, 2019

Mice scurry around while foraging for food, but genetics may be the unseen hand controlling these meandering movements.…
Team stimulates neurons to induce particular perceptions in mice’s minds

July 23, 2019

Hallucinations are spooky and, fortunately, fairly rare. But, a new study suggests, the real question isn’t so much…
To test the munchies, researchers offer a choice: chips or an orange?

April 25, 2019

Picture this: Researchers attending a cannabis decriminalization event ask attendees, who are high on marijuana, to fill out…
Seniors struggle with anxiety when personal needs not met

April 3, 2019

Older adults who struggle with dressing, bathing and preparing meals, but don’t get the help they need, may…
New way to combat childhood anxiety: treat the parents

March 18, 2019

Yale researchers have developed an innovative way to address an epidemic of anxiety disorders afflicting the nation’s children:…
Are fish aware of themselves?

February 12, 2019

The ability to perceive and recognise a reflected mirror image as self is considered a hallmark of cognition…
Colin Twomey studies how groups, both human and animal, make collective decisions. His research covers a variety of topics, including fish behavior and human color perception. Image credit: University of Pennsylvania
How do individual decisions affect group decisions?

December 7, 2018

Group decisions are sometimes made based on the action of a single individual. If one fish sees a…
NIH researchers discover neural code that predicts behavior

November 29, 2018

Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have found that neurons in the superior colliculus, an ancient midbrain…
Picking Fights with Fruit Flies

November 12, 2018

You can always tell when two guys are about to get into a fight. It starts with angry…
Gut bacteria may control movement

November 7, 2018

A new study puts a fresh spin on what it means to “go with your gut.” The findings,…
How to recognise your own kind

November 5, 2018

What does it take for a fish to recognise another fish? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of…
Gut Bacteria Influence Movement in Flies

October 31, 2018

Warm, protected, and full of nutrients—the tiny intestines of a fruit fly are a perfect habitat for some…
Do persistent babies make for successful adults?

August 22, 2018

If you parent a child, teach a child, or heck, even know a child, chances are you’ve heard…
Understanding the social dynamics that cause cooperation to thrive, or fail

July 17, 2018

Examples of cooperation abound in nature, from honeybee hives to human families. Yet it’s also easy enough to…
Conformity trumps riskiness in social fish

June 15, 2018

Fish, much like humans, exhibit a wide range of different personalities. Individuals vary in qualities such as how…
Fortune — and nature — favors the bold

June 6, 2018

Some people argue that animals have personalities: shy, bold, aggressive. It’s more than just cocktail party conversation for…
Oxytocin, vasopressin flatten social hierarchy and synchronize behaviors

June 1, 2018

Oxytocin’s effects on human social behavior aren’t clear. Some studies reveal significant positive changes, yet others show none…
Correlation found between evolution of higher brain center, behavior in hymenopteran insects

April 30, 2018

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have demonstrated that the number of subtypes of neurons…
Researchers establish link between hormone, generosity in birds

April 18, 2018

The hormone, mesotocin, has a closely related cousin — oxytocin — that decades of research suggests can promote…
Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts

April 13, 2018

“We were able to show clever lemurs — some of our earliest primate relatives — increasing their social…
Having one eye better than the other may explain ants’ left bias

April 12, 2018

The research, published in Scientific Reports and led by Dr Edmund Hunt and Emeritus Professor Nigel Franks, studied whether rock ants’ turning direction…
Infected ‘zombie ants’ face no discrimination from nest mates

March 19, 2018

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest…
Brain areas for feeding and egg-laying in hawkmoths

February 28, 2018

The search for food is linked to other areas in the olfactory center of female tobacco hawkmoths (Manduca…
Scientists shed light on biological roots of individuality

February 19, 2018

Put 50 newborn worms in 50 separate containers, and they’ll all start looking for food at roughly the…
Recordings Spout Secrets behind Blue Whale Behavior

February 14, 2018

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego are using underwater microphones to…
Shoals of sticklebacks differ in their collective personalities

February 8, 2018

Research from the University of Cambridge has revealed that, among schooling fish, groups can have different collective personalities,…
Magpies are no bird brains

February 8, 2018

A study by The University of Western Australia and the University of Exeter in England have tested the…
Social Interactions Override Genetics When Birds Learn New Songs

December 27, 2017

New UC San Francisco research finds that although young male songbirds are genetically predisposed to sound like their…
Birds learn from each other’s ‘disgust’, enabling insects to evolve bright colours

December 18, 2017

A new study of TV-watching great tits reveals how they learn through observation. Social interactions within a predator…
Where food is limited, guppy mothers gestate their young longer

October 12, 2017

Trinidadian guppy mamas can’t swap links to maternity blogs or copies of pregnancy books, yet evolution has made…
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