All posts tagged with communication

Probabilistic calls of the titi monkeys

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A fascinating paper in Science Advances today looks at the way that a small platyrrhine monkey species conveys information about predators in its vocal commu...

Link: Origins of human languages

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The online magazine Sapiens has a fascinating piece by Elizabeth Svoboda looking at the ways that new languages form: “Where Do “New” Languages Come From?”

New animal communication books

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Anthropologist Barbara J. King reviews two new books on animal communication in the Washington Post: “‘Calls Beyond Our Hearing: Unlocking the Secrets of Ani...

No echoing the echo chamber here

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Seems to be a theme going in the press today: The Internet is making us stupid by connecting us with the things we like.

Chimpanzee yawning

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Hannah Little describes a recent study of chimpanzees by Matthew Campbell and Frans de Waal Campbell:deWaal:2011: “The path to empathy”.

Monkey syntax

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This story about monkey communication is worth a pointer:

Evolving swarm bots

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Robot swarms programmed with genetic algorithms to “evolve” their behavior:

Quote: Darwin on the eyebrows

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Darwin, in The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals, p. 222-223, referring to the muscles involved in furrowing the brow during a frown:

Communication not language in the brain

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Wired’s Brandon Keim covers a new study by Susan Goldin-Meadow, which shows a conflict between linguistic and gestural communication strategies:

Broca's area and chimpanzee communication

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Chimpanzees use their own version of Broca's area when they communicate, according to a new PET scan study by Jared Taglialatela and colleagues. The abstrac...

Shubin on Colbert on Pharyngula

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Paleontologist Neil Shubin has a guest post on Pharyngula, describing his experience preparing for an appearance on The Colbert Report. Shubin is the disco...

Shared intentionality and cognition

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Chris Chatham has an informative post up about a current paper by Michael Tomasello and Malinda Carpenter, titled "Shared Intentionality."

Like father, like son

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If you've ever noticed that kids have the same facial expressions as their parents, you're not alone. The usual explanation for this similarity is learning ...

Metacommunication in roleplay

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Just taking some notes on a paper from last year by Helga Andresen, on the ways that role playing by preschool-age children can illuminate language and meta...