Human Nature

Human Nature

Tool-using Orangutans and improving cotton at the genome level

A ScienceNow article in features the work of a faculty member from psychology:

Primatologist Dorothy Fragaszy of the University of Georgia in Athens says orangutans might have ideas of the sort that Gruber describes, but that’s not the most plausible explanation. Fragaszy cautions that Gruber cites only one study that discusses orangutans developing stick skills in the wild — and she says that work isn’t conclusive about when orangutans begin experimenting. “I...

Dave Brubeck at UGA

Brubeck at pianoThe Red & Black had a nice rembrance of jazz great Dave Brubeck, who died wednesday at the age of 91. The article recalls that Brubeck was a guest artist in residence at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in Feb. 2008. We are lucky to have shared our campus and opened our stages and classrooms to this visionary pianist and composer.

Commedia Robotica

Zeeb robotThe department of theatre and film studies presents an interesting new take to a seven-century-old art form this weekend:

A form of early sketch comedy—or commedia dell'arte—is opening the doors to the future of theater and robotics at the University of Georgia.

This collaboration of art and science will be presented in "Commedia Robotica" Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in...

New psychology paper identifies keys to self-control

Franklin College professor of psychology Leonard Martin tested student's capacity for self-control using some simple tools, and the fascinating results are part of a newly published study:

participants performed what is known as the Stroop task where they were asked to identify the color of various words flashed on a screen, which spell out the names of other colors. The Stroop task's goal is to turn off the student's tendency to read the words and instead see the colors.