When Gorillas Sing or Hum With a Full Mouth We Should Listen

There's lots to learn when gorillas sing and hum while they eat. What's considered a bad habit in humans seems to have important social functions in our close relatives.

NRA Backed SHARE Act Is About Killing Animals Not Sharing

This bill, passed by the U.S. House, increases access to public lands for hunting with lead bullets "while limiting punitive regulations promoted by 'animal rights' extremists."

Are Animals "Things?" The Evolution of Animal Law

A new essay centers on the legal status of animals and what is being done in courses in animal law and legal circles to change their status from "property" to "persons."

Bonobos Publicly Protest Unfair and Unexpected Treatment

Exciting new research shows that these intelligent and emotional great apes have social expectations about how they should be treated and vocally protest when treated unfairly.

Dog Behavior: An Encyclopedic Review of What we Know

Here's your go-to guide for dog behavior.

Kissing: Reflections on Humans and Other Animals Making Out

We're in the dark about why kissing evolved in some human cultures and whether or not other animals are really kissing or just swapping saliva and smells and enjoying themselves.

How Smart Is that Doggie at My Table? A Measurable Fido IQ

An exciting new study has discovered a generalized intelligence factor for dogs. The researchers found that dogs who did well on one test tended to be better on other tests.

Is an Unnamed Cow Less Sentient Than a Named Cow?

An essay called "Is a Cow a ‘Who’ or a ‘Which?’" raises issues about the language we use to refer to nonhumans. Here I argue all animals are a "who" and words really matter.

Ravens Know They're Being Watched: Bird Brain Theory of Mind

A new carefully conducted study shows ravens most likely understand what's going on in another raven's head and that they possess a theory mind.

Do Our Dogs Really Love Us More Than Our Cats Do?

Has it really been proven that dogs love humans five times more than cats? Not quite, but there are some interesting trends that support this predictable suggestion.

What's a Good Life for an Old Dog?

At the end of a dog's life a tasty treat is better than nasty pills with major side effects. I hope someone will make the same decision for me if a comparable situation arises.

Parrots to the Rescue: How they Help Veterans with PTSD

A New York Times essay by Charles Siebert called "What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?" is a must read about how parrots can help people deeply in need. It could be a life-changer.

The Exotic Pet Trade: Human-Animal Interactions Gone Bad

The exotic pet trade is a lucrative international enterprise responsible for the horrific death of millions of animals. Here is an interview with a scientist trying to end it.

Dog Tales Are Fun to Read but Often Stretch What We Know

Dogs do not live in the moment nor are they unconditional lovers. Tales about how dogs help humans are great to read but must stick to what we know about these amazing beings.

Of Mice and Women: A Dark Side of Oxytocin and Conservation

Studies of sex differences in responses to stress now focus on females. Usually data from animal studies are used for humans, but this information is important for the animals.

Voles Console Friends and Display Oxytocin-Based Empathy

A new study on prairie voles shows for the first time that rodents console others in distress. Consolation appears to evolve under specific social and evolutionary conditions.

Dosing Nature: Feeling Down, Take a 3 Minute Walk 2x a Day

Can we really dose nature? A recent essay called "The Problem with Nature Therapy" considers different sides of this question and poses a challenge to conservation psychologists.

Sheep to the Rescue in Learning About Emergency Evacuations

Sheep show that "faster is slower" and show us how to escape potentially tragic situations.

Dogs Recognize Emotional States Using Mental Representations

A new study shows that dogs use different senses to categorize emotional states in humans and other dogs and form abstract mental representations to do so.

Play in Animals: A Potpourri of New Comparative Research

Four new essays discuss play in animals including metacommunication, fairness, social competence, and how dominance relationships among players need to be considered.

The Science of Sentience: An Interview about Animal Feelings

Read an interview with the founders and editor of Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling, a new and unique online journal.

The Psychology Behind Our Meal Plans: Why We Eat Whom We Eat

A new video by Dr. Melanie Joy about carnism is very well done and exposes how our carnistic biases are embedded into society. I see this discussion as meal plan psychology 101.

Ethology Hasn't Been Blown: Animals Need All Help Possible

Animals need the support of different academic fields and a broad array of non-researchers. Ethology has no cover to blow and isn't dead. Indeed, ethology is alive and thriving.

Good News For Animals as We Move Into 2016

An animal is abused every 10 seconds in the United States. Tennessee's animal abuse registry and a new journal are critical for psychology and anthrozoology and give much hope.

Fish Feel Pain: Let's Get Over it and Do Something About It

A set of essays in the journal Animal Sentience concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of readily available unfeeling protein.

Dogs Share Food With Dog Friends Rather Than With Strangers

A new study shows dogs prefer to share food with dog friends rather than with strangers. This is an example of prosocial behavior but it is not necessarily altruistic.

Dog Play Is Socially Contagious and Now We Know Why

Dogs play vigorously and share their intentions to play via rapid mimicry and emotional contagion. A new study shows why dogs are able to rapidly fine-tune play on the run.

Animal Minds are Richer Than Science Once Thought

An essay in The Economist provides a good review of research in cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds).

A Rewilding Mandate: A Conversation with Michael Tobias

Read an interview with a renowned ecologist about the need to rewild in the Anthropocene. Topics include the incredible loss of species, humane education, and population control.

Do Dogs Ever Simply Want to Die to End the Pain?

Here, I briefly consider the claim, "There is no such thing as an animal who is so traumatized that he wants to die." Nonhumans, like humans, want the pain to end right now.