Motor Performance: Acetylcholine In Action

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that helps organisms filter the vast amounts of information received from the environment. In the sensory cortex, it acts by fine-tuning the activity of neurons to heighten attention, which helps with learning and memory (Sarter and Lustig, 2019; Lee and Dan, 2012; Picciotto et al., 2012).…Continue readingMotor Performance: Acetylcholine In Action

Book Review: A Fresh Look At The Strange Marvels Of Bird Behavior

The renowned biologist E.O. Wilson once quipped, “When you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.” The diversity of the world’s 10,000-plus bird species is truly staggering, ranging from 2.5-inch-long hummingbirds that weigh as little as a dime, to 9-foot ostriches that can kick hard enough to…Continue readingBook Review: A Fresh Look At The Strange Marvels Of Bird Behavior

Tidy Birds And Neat Bees: On Conscientiousness In Animals

Human personality theory has long revolved around what we know as the ‘Big Five’ – five dimensions of personality that cover a large swathe of how humans behave across time and contexts. These dimensions are conscientiousness (tendencies to be orderly and rule-abiding), agreeableness (easy to get along with), extraversion (outgoing),…Continue readingTidy Birds And Neat Bees: On Conscientiousness In Animals