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Articles on Psychobiology, the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes. The topics tackle the effects of cognition, emotions, and experience on animal physiology.

Psychobiology Articles

Gorillas in our Midst - what it means
Have you tried gorilla on a basketball court perception test? Do you know what it implicates? Find out in this article, "Gorillas in our Midst".

Date: 8 Jul 2011, Rating: 3.75

Monkeys And Humans Use Parallel Mechanism To Recognize Faces
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time rhesus monkeys and humans share a specific perceptual mechanism, configural perception, for discriminating among the numerous faces they encounter daily.

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 3.88

New Light On Nature Of Broca's Area: Rare Procedure Documents How Human Brain Computes Language
A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports a significant breakthrough in explaining gaps in scientists' understanding of human brain function.

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 1.00

Human-Like Altruism Shown In Chimpanzees
Experimental evidence reveals that chimpanzees will help other unrelated humans and conspecifics without a reward, showing that they share crucial aspects of altruism with humans.

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 5.00

Orphan Chimpanzees Cleverer Than Humans, Study Finds
Orphaned chimpanzee infants given special ‘mothering’ by humans are more advanced than the average child at nine months of age.

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 4.50

Pregnant Women With Bulimia Have More Anxiety And Depression, Study Finds
Women who have bulimia in pregnancy have more symptoms of anxiety and depression compared to pregnant women without eating disorders.

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 5.00

New Eating Disorder Identified
A University of Iowa professor is making a case for a new eating disorder she calls purging disorder.

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 4.50

Brain Circuit Abnormalities May Underlie Bulimia Nervosa In Women
Women with bulimia nervosa appear to respond more impulsively during psychological testing than those without eating disorders

Date: 22 Nov 2009, Rating: 4.00

Lizards Pull A Wheelie
Why bother running on hind legs when the four you've been given work perfectly well?

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: 3.33

Lizards Bask In The Sun For A Vitamin D Boost
Keeping warm isn't the only reason lizards and other cold-blooded critters bask in the sun.

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: not rated

Yerkes-based Experiment Confirms Cultural Transmission And Conformity In Chimpanzee Communities
Humans are not alone in their desire to conform to cultural norms, according to new study findings that confirm, for the first time, chimpanzees share the same conformist tendencies.

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: not rated

Primate Culture Is Just A Stone's Throw Away From Human Evolution, Study Finds
For 30 years, scientists have been studying stone-handling behavior in several troops of Japanese macaques to catch a unique glimpse of primate culture.

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: 4.00

Fruit Fly Aggression Studies Have Relevance To Humans, Animals
Even the tiny, mild-mannered fruit fly can be a little mean sometimes – especially when there’s a choice bit of rotten fruit to fight over.

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: 4.00

Similar Brain Chemicals Influence Aggression In Fruit Flies And Humans
Serotonin is a major signaling chemical in the brain, and it has long been thought to be involved in aggressive behavior in a wide variety of animals as well as in humans.

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: not rated

'Cross' Breeding: What Makes An Angry Fly?
A suite of genes that affect aggression in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been identified.

Date: 13 Oct 2009, Rating: not rated

Baroque Classical Music in the Reading Room May Improve Mood and Productivity
Baroque classical music in the reading room can help improve radiologists work lives, potentially improving diagnostic efficiency and accuracy

Date: 27 May 2009, Rating: not rated

Depression: an overview
A brief essay on depression

Date: 30 Jan 2009, Rating: 3.92

The past and future of behavior analysis in developmental disabilities: When good news is bad and bad news is good
This article provides a brief historical overview that outlines the temporal contiguity of developments in both behavior analysis and developmental disabilities, illustrating how each has contributed to the other.

Date: 18 Apr 2008, Rating: 4.50, 4 pages

Initiating An Affair: Human Geography And Behavior Analysis
Geographers study physical environments, human behavior that changes physical environments, and resulting regionally distinct landscapes.

Date: 18 Apr 2008, Rating: 2.17, 5 pages

Personality, Personality “Theory” And Dissociative Identity Disorder: What Behavior Analysis Can Contribute And Clarify
Behavior analytic accounts of Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, are rarely presented in depth.

Date: 17 Apr 2008, Rating: 4.21, 14 pages