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Stereotype Threat

“Stereotype threat refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one’s group    (Steele & Aronson, 1995).” [1] A new study [2] demonstrates what may be the first case of stereotype threat (ST) under natural conditions. Comparing game results from rated school tournaments the researchers found girls (6-12) performed at 83%…

Do Dogs Know When You are About to Get Sick?

This study shows that even humans can smell disease in other people; is that why some people hate hospital smell? Maybe it’s just selective memory at work making me think the dogs know when I’m about to get sick. The Scent of Disease Human Body Odor Contains an Early Chemosensory Cue of Sickness Observational studies…

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Zoosemiotics Turns 50

Before the first day of a new year unexpectedly rolls over the horizon I wanted mention 2013 was the year zoosemiotics turned 50 years old. In 1963 TA Sebeok introduced the world to the field of Zoosemiotics with this paragraph: “The term zoosemiotics – constructed in an exchange between Rulon Wells and me – is…