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Rhesus Monkey Infants Express Sociability While On Oxytocin: Study
2014-04-29 13:47:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Involved in child birth and the production of breast milk, oxytocin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that this hormone also promotes social behavior in infant rhesus monkeys, or macaques. While the hormone has been shown to promote a number of social behaviors in adults before, the recent study has shown this effect in primate infants of...

Vocalizations Of Banded Mongoose Similar To Human Speech
2013-01-11 14:38:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online From songbirds to humans, many animals use complex vocalizations to communicate amongst their own species, and a new study from the University of Zurich found that even the monosyllabic calls of the banded mongoose are structured and similar to our own speech. The biologists´ report in the latest edition of the open access journal BMC Biology is the first to show animals communicating with sound units shorter than a syllable....

2012-12-28 15:43:40

Research using new technology shows that our ability to imitate facial expressions depends on learning that occurs through visual feedback. Studies of the chameleon effect confirm what salespeople, tricksters, and Lotharios have long known: Imitating another person´s postures and expressions is an important social lubricant. But how do we learn to imitate with any accuracy when we can´t see our own facial expressions and we can´t feel the facial expressions of others?...

Babies Use Language To ‘Decode’ Intentions
2012-11-13 10:30:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An infant's ability to understand the intentions of others is surprising wrapped up in language according to a new study from Northwestern University's Department of Psychology. An experimenter modeled an unusual behavior with a group of babies watching intently — she turned a light on with her forehead. What the researcher wanted to know was how the babies would interpret this behavior — as an intentional act to emulate,...

2012-09-18 13:58:44

By studying how birds master songs used in courtship, scientists at Duke University have found that regions of the brain involved in planning and controlling complex vocal sequences may also be necessary for memorizing sounds that serve as models for vocal imitation. In a paper appearing in the September 2012 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers at Duke and Harvard universities observed the imitative vocal learning habits of male zebra finches to pinpoint which circuits in...

2011-08-17 13:18:00

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but how do our brains decide when and who we should copy? Researchers from The University of Nottingham have found that the key may lie in an unspoken invitation communicated through eye contact. In a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team of scientists from the University's School of Psychology show that eye contact seems to act as an invitation for mimicry, triggering mechanisms in the frontal region of the brain that...

2011-07-20 10:35:55

Players of the game "rock, paper, scissors" unknowingly mimic one another's hand shapes, increasing the chance of the game ending in a draw, according to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B this week. The study shows that even when players lose out by drawing a game, they can't help themselves from copying the hand gestures of their opponent. The result is surprising because advantage is gained in the game by acting differently. Usually when chance is...

2009-11-06 05:25:00

A new study finds that from their earliest days of life, newborn babies cry in the language their parents speak. The new research suggests that infants begin picking up elements of what will become their first spoken language while still in the womb.  "The dramatic finding of this study is that not only are human neonates capable of producing different cry melodies, but they prefer to produce those melody patterns that are typical for the ambient language they have heard during their...

2009-08-14 11:03:55

Capuchin monkeys, like people, subconsciously warm to those who mirror their body language, primatologists in Italy said. Studies have shown people who are imitated feel more positively, or express greater empathy, toward those who are imitating them. Now, in the first study of its kind, capuchin monkeys have demonstrated that imitation is flattering, scientists at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies said. Researcher Elisabetta Visalberghi chose Capuchin monkeys for their...

2009-08-14 10:30:00

Imitation and mimicry have long been an interesting part of human social behavior, but a recent study found that imitation may serve as a way for monkeys to form connections. After examining the behavior of capuchin monkeys, experts found that the monkeys develop closer bonds with humans who mimic their actions than with those who do not. The Capuchin monkey is considered to be one of the most intelligent New World monkeys, using stones often weighing as much as the monkeys to open nuts and...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.