Chronicles of Athena – Lockout 2016

There I was, happily trotting off to the cinema to see ‘Spotlight’, when I heard an almighty yowl behind me. Edinburgh tenements have a common stairwell, colloquially known as the ‘close’, with an exterior door at the bottom. I was … Continue reading “Chronicles of Athena – Lockout 2016”

LolCats and Doge, YouTube and Animal Behaviour

In 2013 Nelson & Fijn published an absolutely brilliant paper in Animal Behaviour. It’s called ‘The use of visual media as a tool for investigating animal behaviour‘ and it’s about watching animals on YouTube. I watch a lot of animals … Continue reading “LolCats and Doge, YouTube and Animal Behaviour”

If Everybody Thought the Same

As a researcher with an interest in personality, I have been accused of anthropomorphising animals in the past. I argue that personality is an outcome of predictable behaviour patterns and statistical distributions. To me this is a perfectly formed argument … Continue reading “If Everybody Thought the Same”